Why You Shouldn’t let a Public Defender Handle Your Case 

 November 17, 2014

By  LMW Attorneys

When you have been accused of a crime, you want the matter handled as quickly and professionally as possible. You also want to ensure you are getting the best quality legal representation. If you decided to go with a court appointed public defender, you may be gambling with your freedom. Learn why you should hire a private attorney to handle your case.

What Is a Public Defender?

Many people are familiar with the phrase “you have the right to an attorney. If you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided for you.”

This is part of the Miranda Rights, and it must be given to every individual being arrested. This particular part of the Miranda Rights lets every citizen know that the state is responsible for providing him or her with a lawyer who can represent his or her case. This court-appointed lawyer is called a public defender.

A public defender is assigned to those who are deemed unable to afford a private lawyer. While most public defenders are hard working and dedicated attorneys, there are several reasons why you should seek private representation.

Public Defenders Are Overworked

There are many more individuals in need of a public defender than there are public defenders. Because of this, most public defenders do not have the necessary amount of time needed to dedicate to each case. They will try their best, but with a high volume of clients, they may not be fully dedicated to your case. When you are facing criminal charges, you want someone who has the time to get to know both you and your case in depth.

Multiple Defenders Handling Your Case

In some cases, you will have multiple public defenders handling your case. Each public defender will specialize in a specific area, such as arraignment and trial. When it comes to your case, you want one dedicated individual representing you, especially if you are facing serious charges.

Do Not Gamble With Your Freedom

While many public defenders are hard working lawyers, the truth of the matter is, they are overworked and just do not have the time to give each case the attention it needs. When it comes to your freedom, do not just settle for “good enough.” Contact your trusted, local attorneys who are experienced in criminal law. Call LMW today and discover the difference a private attorney can make. At LMW, we are dedicated to each and every case, and will fight earnestly for your freedom. Call LMW today for a free consultation.