High Public Defender Caseloads Could Lead to Nightmare Results if You Are Accused of a Crime

By: Wallin & Klarich

Recently, Attorney General Eric Holder spoke at the Brennan Legacy Award Dinner. At the event, which is named in honor of United States Supreme Court Justice William Brennan, Attorney General Holder addressed some issues which have scary implications for those with a pending criminal case. Due to the current economic environment, Public Defender’s offices throughout the country are facing record caseloads. This issue is creating a detrimental situation in which those individuals who are assigned a public defender are receiving little to no attention on their cases.

In one state, it was reported that one county public defenders office was assigned more than 10,000 cases in 2008 and they were handled by only six lawyers. This means lawyers could spend an average of just under an hour per case. High caseloads leave even those lawyers with the best of intentions little time to investigate, file appropriate motions, and do the basic things lawyer must do for their clients. Unfortunately, this scenario is now playing itself out in California as well. County public defender offices throughout the state are being buried with cases. It is not complicated. Would you want a doctor doing surgery on you if he had 25 other surgeries that day? Of course not. This is the reason so many people accused of crimes are doing all that they can to retain the services of experienced private criminal defense law firms to help them when they are facing criminal charges.

When you are accused of a crime, you need and deserve an experienced Tustin criminal defense lawyers fighting for you who can give your case individualized attention and make sure nothing is missed. A zealous defense should not be eliminated because of lack of time to dedicate to a case. If you have any questions or concerns on this matter or any other criminal matter, please call Wallin & Klarich today! We have experienced, knowledgeable defense attorneys available to answer your calls 7 days a week, 24 hours a day! For over 30 years, Wallin & Klarich has been in the business of vigorously representing clients with their criminal matters in their time of need and we would like to help you with yours! Contact the experienced criminal defense lawyers at Wallin & Klarich today at 1-888-280-6839 or www.wklaw.com for a consultation of your case. Your criminal defense attorney can devote the time to your case which will ensure a thorough defense and a protection of your rights.

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