Public defenders do a lot of good for those who are accused of a criminal offense. But just because you qualify for a public defender doesn’t mean that that’s your best option as far as criminal defense representation is concerned. In fact, there are a lot of reasons people seek out private criminal defense attorneys. Here’s why.
Private attorneys have smaller caseloads
It’s no secret that public defenders are overworked and underpaid. As a result, they are overwhelmed with cases and they’re stressed about it. This means that instead of managing your case, they’re simply trying to figure out how to manage their caseload without drowning, which oftentimes means moving from one case to another as quickly as possible. Far too often this leads to plea deals in cases that could have been beaten and ill prepared defenses heading into trial.
More individualized attention
Since they have fewer cases, private attorneys are able to give their clients the more personalized attention they deserve. There’s no cookie cutter approach here. Every defense is developed to fit the unique needs of the particular case at hand. Also, you’re more likely to reach your private attorney when you need them.
Private attorneys are usually more experienced
Having an experienced attorney on your side can go a long way in your case. Unfortunately, most public defenders are relatively new to the practice of law, which means that they may not know about all of the legal tactics available to you in your case. A public defender’s litigation skills can also be less developed, which doesn’t always play well with a judge and jury. That can also lead to major evidentiary issues.
Make the decision that is right for you
There are a lot of excellent public defenders who can litigate with the best private attorneys. But getting connected with one of these public defenders is left to the luck of the draw. Why not take your future into your own hands and secure the legal representation that is best for you?