New Jersey Criminal Defense Lawyer Eric Mark Discusses the difference between a Private Lawyer and a Public Defender.
Public defenders are lawyers who get paid by the state to provide defense for
defendants who cannot afford a lawyer.
The three most important differences are:
1. You get to choose your private lawyer. If you get a public defender you
don’t like for whatever reason, you are stuck with him or her. Not all
public defenders are bad. Not all private attorneys are good. Your
ability to interview and select your lawyer is critical.
2. Attention: public defenders have huge case loads and limited time.
Generally, you will meet your public defender the first time you go to
court and only see your public defender on court dates for a few
minutes as they handle 15- 50 clients. They are not going to
investigate or look in to your case until months into the court process,
by which time valuable information, witnesses and evidence could be
lost. I start investigating and preparing a case at our first meeting,
which can change the way the case is resolved.
3. Accessibility: You will have many questions and concerns as the case
progresses. When you want to ask questions, you will have a very
difficult time getting in touch with a public defender. I generally
return phone calls and emails the same day I receive them and I am
happy to meet in my office as long as I am not in court. You’ll find
getting answers to your questions during the court process will
alleviate a lot of your stress, concern and confusion.
Realistically, there is no comparison. You are much better off with a private attorney
to defend you. If you are trying to decide between a private lawyer or a public
defender, or which lawyer to hire, give me a call; I’m happy to discuss it with you.
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Joe Nigro for Public Defender, Kickoff celebration in Lincoln, Nebraska, August 22nd, 2013
Note from Joe:
I have served as an attorney in the Public Defender’s Office for 29 years, and I am the best person to lead the office in providing efficient, high-quality legal representation. I am running for Public Defender because my combination of experiences, my ability to work with people, and my vision for the future make me the best choice for Public Defender. I am the candidate who will protect our rights and our pocketbooks.
One of the strengths of the American judicial system is that anyone charged with a crime is guaranteed the right to an attorney. The Public Defender’s Office provides legal representation for people who cannot afford an attorney. We do this for less than the cost of appointed private counsel, and I will make sure this continues. Our current Public Defender, Dennis Keefe, has built a great office by attracting and keeping quality attorneys. We can continue the tradition of quality, low-cost legal representation by maintaining a good workplace atmosphere and ensuring adequate funding. Caseload standards have helped enormously, and I will make sure that those standards are followed so the quality of the work we do remains at a high level.
As Public Defender, I will work to create a Mental Health Court to work with people with mental health issues more effectively. My experience with Drug Court has convinced me that problem-solving courts are a less expensive and more successful way to handle these problems.
I will work with the Mayor and the city to change the Municipal Code to reduce costs in the legal system. By changing some penalties in the Code, we can avoid the unnecessary appointment of counsel, saving the taxpayers money.
I will expand community outreach and education by our office. An educated citizenry is less likely to get involved in the criminal justice system, and an informed electorate will be more supportive of sustaining a quality office.
I welcome your feedback and thank you for your support.