Should we get a lawyer to replace a public defender?

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Should we get a lawyer to replace a public defender?

My fiance is facing recieving stolen property charges. He is being charged with it in 2 differernt counties for the same vehicle both counties. He already has a criminal record. He has a public defender should he get a lawyer?

Asked on April 5, 2012 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

First, a Public Defender is a "lawyer", and most are well trained at what they do. You must ultimately decide what you feel more comfortable with. If you chose to retain an attorney for criminal representation, you may get more of a hands-on relationship as Public Defenders generally handle larger caseloads, but again the decision depends on your level of comfort. What you want is a attorney who is going to be honest, dependable, aggressive, and effective in placing your fiance in the best position possible for his criminal charges.


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