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Should I be represented by a public defender?

On Behalf of | Feb 27, 2024 | Criminal Defense

That’s a question that only you can answer. However, before making that decision, you need a realistic understanding of what you get out of public defender representation compared to private criminal defense representation. That’s why in this post we want to briefly look at some of the risks associated with public defender representation so that you’re better equipped to make the decision that’s right for you.

The drawbacks of public defender representation

Let’s start by saying that there are several highly qualified, aggressive public defenders out there. However, since you won’t get to choose which public defender is appointed to you, there’s risk that your attorney will struggle with the following:

  • A high caseload that leaves them with less time to communicate with you and keep you in the loop as far as case developments are concerned.
  • A lack of resources that may hinder their ability to further investigate your charges and look for new ways to defend you.
  • A lack of experience which could make it challenging for them to make and respond to key evidentiary objections.
  • A focus on managing cases in a way that seeks quick resolution, potentially meaning a drive to resolve your case through a plea deal rather than litigating for an acquittal.

Again, there are some fine public defenders out there. But when you choose appointment of one of these attorneys, you lose control over your criminal defense from the get-go in that you can’t choose who you want to represent you. This, in a way, takes your future out of your own hands.

Make the criminal defense representation decision that’s right for you

Your future is on the line when you’ve been charged with a criminal offense. If you want to protect your future as much as possible, then you have to find the most aggressive way to defend your interests. Keep that in mind as you consider your representation options.