Who you choose to defend you when facing criminal charges is a very critical decision to make. You have the choice between a public defender and hiring someone as your private lawyer. There are benefits to both decisions that you must consider before you choose according to an attorney with our friends at The Lynch Law Group.
A huge deciding factor for many people facing criminal charges is how much defense may cost you. For this reason, several people choose a public defender. Public defenders are court appointed and are free of charge. Which beats paying thousands of dollars or a private lawyer. Public defenders are typically appointed for criminal cases and have experience with an array of criminal cases. They are familiar with the judges, and the prosecution, and in many cases these relationships may work out in your favor.
However, being “popular” can also be a disadvantage to some. Because public defenders work for the state, they do not set their prices and for this reason they may not be as motivated as private lawyers. They also have a variety of cases, which means they cannot contribute their undivided attention to your cases. Meaning, they cannot devote time to prepare a defense for you, and they do not have enough incentive to do so based on being underpaid for the work that they do. If you are not satisfied with the work of your public defender because you did not get to choose, it is sometimes hard to find another lawyer.
There have been several instances where a public defender does not meet their client until it is time to appear in front of a judge. And due to their caseload, they may work towards plea deals to lessen their loads, instead of fighting for you like you would desire.
If you or someone you know is facing criminal charges and cannot afford to hire a private lawyer, they do have a right to seek counsel. However, financially they may not be able to afford the lawyer they like. Many private lawyers also offer free consultations, be sure to at least speak with a knowledgeable criminal defense lawyer that can educate you based on the information you provide. They may be able to inform you of better options than what has been provided by your public defender, and thus saving you time and money.
Like many things, you get what it is that you pay for, and as the saying goes “nothing in life is free”, so when you do get a free court appointed public defender it is likely you will get out what you put in.
In conclusion, if you are in need of representation, it is best to consult with multiple lawyers for more information about your case and how they can help. Make sure to find the best fit for your case and your budget. Reach out to a lawyer near you today for help immediately and to ask any questions you may have about your specific situation.