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Can You Trust a Public Defender to Handle Your Criminal Defense?

There comes a time for many individuals charged with crimes to consider whether they will retain the services of a private defense lawyer or allow their case to be handled by a public defender. As the attorney you choose can make all the difference in your case, it is critically important to weight the pros and cons of working with a public defender. While you may think your case can be easily defended or that it is not serious or important enough to warrant paying for a lawyer, the benefits of choosing private defense far outweigh working with a public defender.

If you or someone you know has recently been charged with a crime in Orange County, you should be intent on securing the best possible resolution, and working with an experienced, proven, and dedicated attorney who can help you pursue the results you need. At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we consistently speak with accused individuals who consider working with a public defender, only to later choose our firm because we offer much more than public defenders can or are able to offer.

When charged with any crime, consider the following when it comes to choosing counsel:

  • What’s at stake – Any criminal charge warrants seasoned defense, but it is important to remind yourself of what is at stake when you face criminal charges. For felony offenses, private defense should be your top priority, as these are the most serious criminal allegations one can face. Felonies pose the most severe penalties, including a minimum of 1 year in state prison (and often poses multiple year sentences), large fines and fees, and the stain of having felony on one’s record that can result in a lifetime of limitations, especially when searching for employment. Felonies also result in a loss of certain civil rights, including the right to vote and own a gun. Misdemeanors can also pose very stiff penalties, including fines and numerous court fees, terms of imprisonment, court ordered classes, probation, driver’s license suspension (in DUI and other cases), and a criminal record, among other repercussions. When you look at the time, penalties, money, and damage to reputation you face, it becomes clear that there is a lot on the line, and that you should put yourself in the best possible position to fight them.
  • Time and attention – Public Defenders’ offices are notorious for being understaffed, underfunded, and overburdened, and it is no different in Orange County. While you may be entitled to court-provided representation as your Sixth Amendment Constitutional right, the unfortunate truth is that Public Defenders often do not have enough time nor enough resources to devote to your case, investigations, and defense as they demand. Overburdened Public Defenders are one of the leading reasons why conviction rates are so high, as Public Defenders often attempt to have defendants quickly plead out so they can move on to the next case. In fact, the log is so dense for Public Defenders that one study from NACDL found that Public Defenders in New Orleans averaged just 7 minutes of preparation before representing a defendant in court! At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., our entire team devotes the time and attention to working cases and being available and accessible to clients at all times throughout their case.
  • Experience – Because Public Defenders offices are underfunded, they cannot afford to pay attorneys much. In fact, starting wages for Public Defenders across the nation is quite low. This means that Public Defenders are often young and inexperienced lawyers fresh out of law school. By placing you trust in a proven firm like the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., you benefit from decades of combined experience and lawyers who have represented numerous clients facing all types of criminal charges throughout the years. There is simply no substitute for experience.

At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, we possess the experience, time, and resources to effectively help clients challenge the government’s case against them – crucial factors to a successful case that Public Defenders simply run low on. When there’s a lot on the line, you want to be sure that you make every possible effort to position yourself for success.

If you would like to learn more about the benefits of working with our firm and what we can do to help defend against the charges and penalties you or a loved one face, contact us for a free consultation.