If I was arrested for shoplifting and it is a disorderly persons offense in my state, is it beneficial for me to get a public defender?

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If I was arrested for shoplifting and it is a disorderly persons offense in my state, is it beneficial for me to get a public defender?

It is being handled in municipal court.

Asked on December 16, 2011 under Criminal Law, New Jersey

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Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

In any criminal proceeding that one is involved in, I always recommend that he or she retain a criminal defense attorney to represent him or her. The reason is that an experienced criminal defense attorney has the training, experience and knowledge to deal with the criminal matter much better than a non-attorney.

In your situation, since you have been charged with a criminal offense where potentially the outcome could be a fine, probation, or jail, I recommend that you consult with a criminal defense attorney sooner rather than later.


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