Can A Court Appointed Attorney Ever Win A Case?
You should know that you have the right to be represented by a court appointed attorney at little, or no cost to you.
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW WHEN USING A COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEY?
A court appointed-attorney is an attorney that is hired by the court to represent you in a criminal case. Public defenders have the same education, pass the same bar exam and are as qualified as private attorneys. Additionally, many private attorneys volunteer for a certain number of pro bono cases a year, so you may be represented by such an attorney in your case.
WHY A COURT-APPOINTED ATTORNEY MAY HELP ME MORE THAN A PRIVATE ATTORNEY?
Public defenders often specialize in certain types of cases (i.e. property crimes, violent crimes, DUI, etc) and make this information available to judges assigning lawyers to cases. This is actually in the defendant’s favor, as they will often have someone that is knowledgeable in the area of the crime they have been accused. Public defenders are zealous proponents of due-process and will try their hardest to defend client and ensuring the state meets the burden of proof.
WHAT CAN I DO TO ENSURE THAT COURT APPOINTED ATTORNEY IS WELL-PREPARED TO ARGUE MY CASE?
Whether using a private attorney or public defender, you will want to present your attorney with all the facts you can about your case. You will want to make sure you are well prepared to testify, have appropriate wardrobe for court, and that you complete any activities they give you to before your trial date(s). Your public defender has been to court several times, and knows how to act, what to wear, what to say and how to say it. It is best to listen to their wise advice and follow instructions given to you.