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Reasons You Should Not Have a Public Defender for Your Maryland Criminal Case

If you are facing criminal charges in Maryland, you may be wondering if you should use a court-appointed public defender or hire a criminal defense attorney. It is important to remember that public defenders are paid by the government, whereas private criminal attorneys working in a law firm are not. There are several reasons why you should hire a Maryland criminal defense attorney if you have been charged with a crime, no matter whether it is a misdemeanor or a felony.

Public Defenders Carry a Heavy Caseload

Because they are government employees, public defenders are almost always overworked. They may have upwards of 200 cases at any given time. It is not uncommon for the public defender to be handed your case information just a day or two before you get to your court hearing. That is definitely not enough time to become familiarized with your case, let alone prepare a defense.

Public Defenders do Not Specialize

Public defenders are also licensed practicing attorneys, but they do not specialize in one area of law. Turning over a high volume of cases in a short amount of time, they do not necessarily have extensive field experience like a private attorney would. Many private attorneys specialize in one or two areas of law, whereas a public defender does not have that freedom or opportunity. Using a public defender is much like going to see a general practitioner when you need an orthopedic surgeon.

Public Defenders do Not Have a Lot of Resources

In many cases, preparing a criminal defense can require outside help. Every case takes time and money. When you have a public defender, he or she will need to request the funds for any costs associated with preparing your defense. They also lack the great support staff that a defense attorney would have. Some experts are expensive, and having the right attorney by your side can help give you access to the resources you need to fight your case.

Public Defenders are Not Free Necessarily

When the police read a suspect their Miranda Rights, you always hear that you have the right to an attorney, and if you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you. The key phrase is if you cannot afford one. The way the system works is you must first apply for a public defender to be appointed. A judge has to approve that application first before there will be an attorney appointed to you. Also, they are not necessarily free either. You could be required to pay back some of your court costs and attorney’s fees based on what you are being charged with, your ability to pay, the verdict, and it can even be a condition of your parole.

Contact a Skilled Charles County Criminal Defense Attorney Today

Do not leave your defense to chance and roll the dice with hopefully getting an experienced public defender in Maryland. Instead, contact the Law Offices of Robert R. Castro today at 301- 705-5253 to schedule an initial consultation. Let one of our dedicated and experienced Charles County criminal defense attorneys help prepare the best defense possible.