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Why You Shouldn't Use a Public Defender

Anyone arrested for a crime in the United States is entitled to legal representation under the Sixth Amendment. But what about arrestees who cannot afford a private criminal defense attorney? This is why the Public Defender's Office exists; public defenders are appointed to handle cases for the criminally accused who can’t afford legal counsel. However, not everyone qualifies for a public defender and this is where a lot of people get tripped up.

For someone to get a public defender, they must submit a financial declaration to determine their eligibility. “Generally, the person seeking our representation must be indigent,” says the Orange County Public Defender. Merriam-Webster defines indigent as, “Suffering from extreme poverty; impoverished.” So, if you have a regular full-time job, you probably won’t qualify as indigent.

What if I Qualify for a Public Defender?

“What if I qualify for a public defender? Should I make it work to hire a private attorney instead?” This is the question that a lotof criminal defendants ask themselves. If it's free and someone is doing the work for you, why shouldn't you utilize this service?

The answer is simple: Public defenders do not offer the same personalized service that you get from a firm like ours. Particularly in California, where the arrest rate is high and the criminal justice system cramped, public defenders have incredibly heavy caseloads, causing them to be stretched too thin.

The larger their case load, the less time they have to spend on each individual case. Most public defenders do not spend the time and attention necessary on cases to secure successful outcomes for their clients. Not because they don’t want to, and not because they’re subpar, but just because they’re swamped and overloaded with too many cases.

Let Us Make a Difference in Your Life

The Orange County criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. are not only highly experienced, but our lawyers are also caring and offer one-on-one attention that many firms cannot offer, let alone a public defender. Without attention to detail, your public defender will likely miss key components of your case, and forego opportunities that could have resulted in dismissed or reduced charges.

Further Reading: What is Bail in California?

If you would like to learn more about the advantaged of utilizing the services of our law firm, do not hesitate to contact us today. We provide free case evaluationsfor anyone who has been arrested or charged with a criminal offense.

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