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Reasons to Hire Your Own Attorney Instead of Using a Public Defender

Posted Monday, November 13, 2017 by Lizanne Padula.

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Under the Sixth Amendment and Washington State statute, every criminal defendant, regardless of ability to pay, has the right to counsel. For defendants who cannot afford the costs of hiring an attorney, the state will provide a public defender.

Public defenders are often excellent attorneys, and they are some of the most dedicated attorneys; however, we strongly urge any criminal defendant to hire a private attorney instead of using a public defender.

Reasons to Hire Your Own Attorney Instead of Using a Public Defender

• Public defenders are overworked and carry a heavy caseload.

• Public defender offices are often understaffed, and underfunded.

• When you hire your own attorney, she will have ample time to dedicate to your defense.

Public Defenders Are Overworked

Public defenders are overworked. Each attorney carries a massive case load. Because of this, they have incentive to handle cases as quickly and efficiently as possible. While they may be giving effective assistance of counsel, that does not mean you are going to get the very best possible outcome in your case.

Your Private Attorney Will Have Time to Dedicate to Your Case

When you hire a private attorney, she will only take the case if she has adequate time to dedicate to it. There are so many things that can be done prior to a trial to achieve a more favorable result in the case – all of which require time. Crafting a strong legal strategy, negotiating lesser charges or a favorable plea deal, preparing witnesses and other evidence for trial, requires adequate time to devote to your case.

The fact is, clients of public defenders may feel confused about the criminal law process or lost in the status of their case. Defendants who hire private attorneys may be more likely to attain the most favorable outcome possible in their criminal case. But of course, the choice of which attorney to work with is yours. You can find Washington public defense resources here. A list of County and City Public Defender Offices can be found here.

Hire Padula & Associates, LLC to Defend You

When you hire our firm you will work directly with your attorney. You will not be pushed off to a case manager, left to wonder what is going on in your case.

Lizanne Padula, Founding Partner, is a former Prosecutor. She served as the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney in Franklin, Clallam, and Jefferson counties. Through the course of her career with the State, Lizanne acquired extensive experience as a criminal trial attorney. As a Prosecutor, her case load included DUI cases, Domestic Violence cases, Drug offenses, and Homicide cases.

Lizanne’s work as a Prosecutor gives her special insight into how the Prosecutor in your case operates. She knows the tactics the government uses when bringing criminal charges. Her experience affords her insider information that greatly benefits her ability to build a strong defense against any criminal charges you are facing. We invite you to learn more about Lizanne here.

The skilled attorneys at Padula & Associates, LLC can help you fight the charges that have been filed against you. We answer the phone 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We offer free consultations. Call us 24/7 at 425-883-3366 or contact us on the web to schedule your fee consultation today.

Our firm handles State and Federal criminal cases throughout Washington State, including King County and Snohomish County.