In 2018, there were $81,553 criminal filings for the United States district courts. Luckily if one cannot afford a private attorney in the United States, they will be provided a public defender for free.
So Why Choose a Private Attorney?
Although great for those who cannot afford a private attorney, public defenders are bombarded with case-loads that they will never be able to fully manage. While providing a great service to the American people, public defenders just cannot compete with the ability for private attorneys to specialize, research, and fully understand their cases.
Due to these increased caseloads, the clients of public defenders tend to get longer sentences, and overall a less positive experience. While being free is a huge benefit, the outcome can be drastically worse due to the inability of a public defender to adequately evaluate your situation, and defend you fully.
Why Private Attorneys are Beneficial
Although all attorney’s offices are different, they are able to manage their caseload to ensure full attention is given to each case. Hiring a private attorney can be expensive, and even more so depending on the alleged crimes that they will have to defend, BUT this cost is heavily outweighed by the ability of a private attorney to fully research, evaluate, and defend your case in front of the judge. Whereas public defenders have upwards of 150-200 cases to manage by themselves, private attorneys have staff and tools available to them that allows handling the same amount of cases with more ease.
If you have more questions about what a private attorney can provide you, please contact us at 727-725-5297. We would be glad to provide additional information and discuss your options!