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Using a public defender on a drug charge can be risky. First of all using a public defender on any case can be problematic, considering the budgetary restraints of the court systems.
If you think about it, a public defender gets a stack of cases to deal with that day. Now you are one of the files, he received on his way to court that day. Then the public defender confers with the city attorney to see what the “deal of the day is”, and then it is your turn. Every drug charge that day in a certain category get “X”, the other get “Y” and finally the last group get “Z”. This could be good for you depending on what your case involved.
But if you are trying to protect your livelihood and avoid serious repercussions, or are innocent. You could be serving jail time anyways. The public defender just does not have the time or resources, to research, analyze and properly defend ever single case. Their job is to provide adequate legal representation for those who can not afford a lawyer. They are really good at that!
But when you have your livelihood and your freedom hanging in the balance, it is like taking your rent to Vegas and and the 29th of the month, could turn out fantastic, or it could turn out very badly.Ultimately it your choice whether to use a public defender on a drug charge or hire an attorney.
Hiring a private attorney usually insures that every aspect of your case has been researched and every possible solution has been attempted prior to going to court. Some cases even drug charges can be resolved prior to the court hearing. An attorney will employ his entire staff to keeping you out of jail and trying to resolve the case as quickly as possible, without any lengthy court trials. Attorneys do not make money letting cases drag on indefinitely, it is in their best interest to get it handled in timely manor.
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