Public Defender

A public defender is a defense lawyer provided to you by the court.

All DUI defendants have a right to a lawyer. This right is guaranteed to you by the US Constitution. There are two ways to get a lawyer in a DUI case:

  • Hire a lawyer of your own
  • Accept a free lawyer from the court, known as a public defender

However, there is a world of difference between what you get from these two options. Public defenders are good lawyers, and they want to help you, but they can’t do what a private lawyer would do. They’re hampered by low budget, long hours and a heavy case load. In most cases they simply cannot put in the time it would take to try to win your case. In fact, an average public defender is assigned a year and half worth of cases every year.

If you choose to accept a public defender, here is what you should expect:

  1. If you are still in jail, you will be taken to a special holding area to meet your lawyer. This first meeting will often be 1 hour or less before your court hearing.
  2. Your public defender may not have looked at your case at all before meeting you. They may review your documents for the first time ever right in front of you.
  3. The meeting will be short and often rushed.
  4. The public defender will most likely recommend you plead guilty.

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