There's not doubt about it - Public Defenders provide a great service to their clients. For some, using a Public Defender may be their only option - because they simply don't have the ability to afford a private lawyer. For others - those who might not be inclined to pay for a good defense - may want to re-evaluate their decision after assessing the information laid out here.
Public Defender - Positives
- Allows low income defendants to have legal representation;
- Experienced Public Defenders may get their clients better results than bad, inexperienced Private Lawyers; and
- Public Defenders are the best deal going - often their services are free.
- You don't choose your own attorney;
- They're government employees;
- They're not specialized in any particular area of criminal defense;
- They're often less experienced - including among their ranks a lot of new attorneys;
- They often have a lot of cases;
- Their caseloads often don't afford them a lot of time to meet with their clients; and
- Due to the little time they have - they can be overly interested in resolving case - quickly.
- You get to select who represents your interests;
- You can get someone who specializes in DWI Defense;
- Because they have less clients, they can devote more time to your case; and
- If your not satisfied with your attorney's job - you can fire him or her.
Failing to attain proper legal counsel could be only slightly worse than not hiring a criminal attorney at all.
Remember, you get one chance at this thing. A lawyer, be he or she a Public Defender or Private Attorney, can help protect your rights - and fight the government, who can often dominate uninformed and unprotected defendants.