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What does a public defender do?
Last Updated: 21st February, 2020
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Correspondingly, are public defenders any good?
Public Defenders can, and very often will, doafine job - as good a hired attorney. But you may neverknowwhy, because you can't sit down and talk with them atanylength. A private lawyer should offer you plenty of timeto go overyour concerns, develop your case, hire an investigatorifnecessary.
Furthermore, what is the difference between a lawyer and a public defender? A Public Defender is an attorney. Themajordifference between a private attorney and apublicdefender is that you choose who you hire privately,but thecourt determines who is assigned to represent you fromthepublic sector.
Also, who pays a public defender?
Public defenders are paid bythegovernment, but they work for you. Most criminal defendantsarelegally indigent and can't afford to pay foranattorney.
Can you fire your public defender?
The only way to ""fire"" yourappointedpublic defender is to hire a lawyer to stepin andtake over the case. You cannot simply fire yourpublicdefender because you are not the one whoput himon the case; the judge appointed him.