Your Lawyer Vs. The Court’s Lawyer
The Sixth Amendment to the Constitution promises representation to a criminal defendant. This promise is echoed in the Miranda Warning given by police officers when performing an arrest: “if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be provided to you.” For many people that sounds comforting. However, while many public defenders do valiant work in the name of justice, the system itself is severely overtaxed.
In 2019, the New York Times found that many public defenders had hundreds of clients at a time with one being reported to have 413 cases assigned to them alone. This has not improved in recent years. Even with COVID-19 ravaging the nation, the LA Times found that an attorney was still assigned to represent over 300 clients.
While these attorneys may be able to represent you in isolation, sharing a public defender with 40 or 50 other clients means that you are definitely not getting the representation you deserve. A private attorney is able to prioritize your case because it’s the only one they are working on. By sheer math alone, they are able to provide you with better quality legal representation. When your freedom is at stake, whether you are receiving the best possible representation is an important question to ask.
Helping You Seek Justice
When it comes to criminal defense there is far more at play than just the laws and the facts. An experienced attorney has the knowledge to pick a favorable jury, a favorable court, and sometimes even a favorable judge. They know how to present your case in the best possible light, and they know when a plea bargain is a good deal versus when it’s an attempt to push you into a quick fine or imprisonment.
More than that, an experienced defense attorney can negotiate bail, assess plea bargains, provide trial representation, file appeals, manage expungements, sentence reductions, and post-conviction remedies. But in order to access all of these potentially life-saving benefits, you will need the right lawyer. And no one knows lawyers better than Attorney at Law.
At AAL, we ensure that we only partner with the best attorneys and law firms across the country. Our partners care about you as more than a client and they see your freedom as more than a bargaining chip. Contact us today for a free no-obligation consultation and let us help you find an attorney who will fight for your freedom.