Why should I pay for a lawyer when the public defender will handle my case for free?

Posted On: August 31, 2007 by

As a former public defender I have seen first hand the benefits and consequences to letting a public defender handle your case. Although the public defenders are highly skilled and experienced attorneys, they can be severely overworked. They carry a caseload of up to 20 clients a day! What this means for their clients is that the public defender cannot afford to spend more than a few minutes on the client’s case before moving on to the next case. If your case happens to need more research or a closer look, it is possible that the public defender will simply not have enough time to do the necessary work.

The Public Defender is so overworked that they often times fail to build a meaningful relationship with their clients; they simply do not have the time. This means that they will not have the time to sit down with you and listen to your side of the story. They also will not have the time to answer your phone calls and questions.

At Wallin and Klarich we carefully select the type of cases and clients we wish to represent. Our criminal defense attorneys in turn have enough time to carefully research every issue and to build a meaningful professional relationship with our clients. We are sure to promptly answer every client call, even if we are called during the weekend and after hours.

The worst thing about going through the criminal process is the uncertainty, not knowing what will happen next. At Wallin and Klarich our clients are constantly updated via mail, telephone, and email about any new developments with their case. We do not want our clients worrying about what will happen next.