A recent study from an economist at Harvard concluded that defendants who have a court appointed lawyer, who is paid for at taxpayer expense, serve more jail time than defendants represented by federal public defenders. The study found that defendants represented by court appointed lawyers who bill the county by the hour do an average of eight months longer in jail than those who were represented by the federal public defender.
There is a common misconception among some people that if you or a loved one receives a private court appointed lawyer that this means that somehow the quality of representation will be better or different than if you have a public defender handling your case. This study seems to cast grave doubt on that theory.
It is a very good idea to seek the representation of an experienced private criminal defense law firm when you are accused of a crime. Wallin and Klarich has been helping people stay out of jail for almost thirty years. Please feel free to call us for free phone consultation about your case at 888-280-6839. We can make the difference between jail and freedom.