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Public Defender vs. Private Defense Lawyer

Public Defender vs. Private Defense Lawyer

The difference between a public defender and a criminal defense lawyer is important when considering your legal representation. Having an attorney on your side is imperative. You must be proactive after your arrest regardless of what kind of charges are filed against you. The Public Defender A public defender is a licensed attorney, assigned to represent people who are charged with a crime and who desire legal representation but who cannot afford to hire a privately retained attorney. Different jurisdictions use different approaches to providing legal counsel for criminal defendants too poor to hire a private attorney. Under the federal system and most common among the states is through a publicly funded public defender office. Typically, these offices function as an agency of the federal, state or local government and… […]

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