Which is Best for Your Criminal Case: Private Counsel or Public Defender?

When a criminal defendant is read his or her Miranda rights, they are told that if they cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for them. This attorney is what is known as a public defender.

In order to qualify for a public defender, a criminal defendant must provide the court with his or her financial information, including a list of assets. However, even if you qualify for a public defender, the court may still assess you with some court costs if you have an ability to pay.

While there are many excellent public defenders at work today, the reality is that the system is so clogged with defendants that they are forced to carry an extremely heavy caseload, which means your case many not receive the attention you would wish it to receive.

In fact, it is almost certainly in your best interest to have a private criminal defense attorney handling your case. Private criminal defense attorneys do not have the volume of cases that public defenders are forced to carry, so are much more likely to have both the time and the resources to devote to your case, which can make a significant difference in the final outcome.

In addition, when you are able to choose your own attorney, you will likely be more comfortable with that choice and in your lawyer’s ability to defend you successfully. If the timing is right, a private criminal defense attorney may be able to intervene early so that formal charges are never filed or lesser charges are considered.

Whether you are facing a serious federal white-collar prosecution, a state murder charge, or misdemeanor charges, The Cogdell Law Firm has the experience, knowledge and reputation you want for your legal team. When results matter most, contact Dan Cogdell at (713) 426-2244 or info@cogdell-law.com.

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