BLOG

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.

Free Consultation

Testimonials

As a former New York Giant linebacker, I appreciate toughness, undivided loyalty and passion. That is why I am giving Jeffrey Brown and his winning team at Leeds Brown Law the highest recommendation possible. I am convinced that no other law firm could have produced the same home run result...

~Jessie Armstead

Former Ny Giant Linebacker
I highly recommend the legal services of Leeds Brown Law, and partner Jeffrey K. Brown. They achieve successful outcomes by leveraging their legal knowledge with a vast network of technical resources and professional support. What sets this firm apart is their intuitive negotiating skills and ability to care for the well being of their clients. Jeffrey Brown has delivered outstanding...

~John Moore

I am a single mother of three, a victim of sexual harassment and dismissal from my employer.... Leeds Brown Law provided outstanding representation in settling my claim. Jeff Brown made me feel comfortable right away and was clear about my rights.... I am very pleased with the end result and would highly recommend Jeff Brown as an NYC employment lawyer.

~M.K.

Discrimination Case

$19 Million

Settlement Secured in a National Origin
View More

Request Free Consultation

Please fill out the form below to receive a free consultation, we will respond to
your inquiry within 24-hours guaranteed.

LONG ISLAND

One Old Country Road, Suite 347 Carle Place, NY 11514

516-253-2386

get directions

DOWNTOWN

40 Broad Street, 7th Floor New York, NY 10004

212-427-5620

get directions

NEW DOWNTOWN

101 Greenwich Street, 22nd Floor New York, NY 10006

866-728-5015

get directions