Everyone arrested and charged with a crime is entitled to legal representation under U.S. law. Unfortunately, anyone who chooses a public defender receives no guarantee the defense will be substantial or even adequate. Here are the risks involved with choosing a public defender.
Whether or not the public defender has experience in the type of case you face, he or she will become yours anyway. Public defenders with large caseloads do not have the luxury to choose their cases, as there is no one else to replace them. When assigned a case by the court system, they are typically obliged to represent the party who chooses to use the public (i.e., free) lawyer pool.
While a qualified criminal defense attorney takes every case seriously, most public defenders cannot deliver the same effort. They are juggling so many cases, that they have to cut corners wherever possible. To somehow squeeze in the many clients they must represent, court-assigned attorneys often encourage plea deals, whether or not one is warranted. A plea deal may involve you admitting guilt to a crime you did not commit and may leave you with a damaging permanent record. In some cases, these pleas are forced upon defendants before the details of the case are heard. Across the country, these conditions have prompted lawsuits directed at the public defender system.
When you need real representation in a case brought against you, do not gamble on a public defender. Contact Ken McKenna, a renowned criminal defense attorney in Reno, Nevada for the defense you deserve. For further information or to schedule a consultation please contact us at 775.329.6373 or visit www.KenMcKenna.com.