11 Oct Why should I hire a criminal defense attorney if I could get a public defender for free?
Simply put you get what you pay for. The public defenders, but I’m not belittling them, some were exceptionally good, some weren’t. But I can guarantee you the most public defenders are overworked and underpaid and they don’t have the same incentives that a criminal defense attorney has. Again I will be very kindled with you by doing a good job for you. You’re gonna refer me to your friends and family.
That’s how I make a living and support my family. But more importantly than my own personal gain is the fact that the public defender will not be there to protect your rights at the scene and if you get arrested at the scene your family members can call me, I can be there. If you get arrested at the scene and you’re taken at the custody at the precinct your family members can call me or you can call me, I’ll be there for you, the public defender wont. In terms of being in court, again I do this on a nightly basis or I do is criminal.
In sort of battling it out on your behalf I’ll do my best to protect your rights from beginning to end, the public defender wont. The public defender will be there at your arraignment. Most of the time you don’t get to meet your public defender until 50 minutes right before your brought out in front of the court. That’s your first opportunity meeting your attorney. Again I’ll do my best to make sure your rights are protected as early as five minutes after you were arrested at the scene.
The public defender won’t do that. I suggest that you don’t be cheap because most of the time except form the beginning you get what you pay for. If you want nothing, you pay nothing. I suggest that you lawyer up.
This is a transcription of an interview with James Medows.