Why you need a criminal defense lawyer instead of a public defender

By Leeds Brown Law | November 5, 2018

If you have been accused of committing a crime, hiring a defense attorney is your top priority. According to the Sixth Amendment found in the writings of the United States Constitution, you have a legal right to receive help from a lawyer. Plus, you are not required to pay an attorney for rendering services. However, hiring a defense attorney is the best option.

“Not Guilty” is Music to Your Ears

You have a better chance of hearing a “not guilty” verdict when you work with a private criminal defense lawyer. Public defenders typically defend people who do not have the money to pay for their defense. You also have the right to ask for a public defender even if you have enough funds to pay for the services of a private attorney.

Working with a Tired and Underpaid Lawyer may Harm the Final Outcome

A public defender is an underpaid employee who works for the government. The person is a trained, professional lawyer. But you do not get to choose your own lawyer when you opt for public defense. You are entrusting your case to a person who represents numerous cases throughout the year without receiving ample wages. Due to the public defender’s busy schedule, you may not have enough time to work out a good defense strategy. A public defender may not find the time to create a defense acquitting you from all charges.

Public Defenders do not have the Time to Return your Phone Calls

You may need to speak with your attorney before the trial takes place. Unfortunately, public defenders rarely have sufficient time to return phone calls or answer emails. Preparing a sound defense may require several discussions with your attorney. A public defender is not going to meet with you on numerous occasions to discuss your case. If you want to ensure that you have the strongest possible case, it is best to pay for the services of a criminal defense attorney.

A Private Criminal Defense Lawyer has the Time to Build a Strong Case

On the other hand, when you hire a private criminal defense lawyer, you have a better chance of receiving the best legal representation. The only problem is that you must pay for these services. You might need to pay your attorney a few hundred dollars per hour for his or her legal representation. On a positive note, a private attorney typically has ample time to discuss the details of your case and prepare a strong defense.

Your Freedom is at Stake when you Work with a Public Defender

If you value your freedom, hiring a paid criminal defense lawyer is your best option. A paid professional listens to the details of your case and makes sure you have witnesses to represent you in court. A private attorney creates a plan designed to beat the odds. Sure, you might still win your case if you are represented by a public defender. However, you have a better chance of winning if you hire your own criminal defense lawyer.

Saving Money is not the Ultimate Criterion for Proper Legal Defense

Every person values a bargain. You may think that working with the services of a public defender is an excellent idea because you have a chance to save money. But having extra funds in your checking or savings accounts does not constitute a valid reason for working with a public defender. If you lose your case and end up in prison, you will have many years to mourn your wrong decision. Contact a criminal defense lawyer now to ensure the ultimate defense strategy.

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