Anyone facing criminal charges in Wisconsin has the option to have the court appoint a public defender to their case if they are unable to hire their own attorney.
While for many people representation by a public defender is a necessity, it is highly not recommended for those able to hire a private criminal defense attorney.
This article briefly explains why it’s in everyone’s best interest to seek representation from a skilled and experienced criminal defense attorney rather than a court-appointed public defender.
Private attorneys are often able to put more time, energy, and preparation into your case.
Most public defenders are significantly overworked and their offices understaffed. This is particularly true in areas where public defender agencies are insufficiently funded––an issue highlighted by the former President of the State Bar of Wisconsin as one that has weakened the strength of our state’s public defender system in recent years.
While many public defenders are skilled legal professionals, handling so many cases at once means they are often unable to invest the time and energy needed to achieve successful outcomes for those they represent in court––a problem that results in law enforcement not being sufficiently held accountable.
This problem is particularly true for more complex cases that may very well present strong opportunities for the defense if given the time and energy needed.
Private defense attorneys, on the other hand, have the ability to dedicate themselves fully to your case, ensuring all possible avenues are considered and explored when crafting a defense strategy.
Private defense attorneys typically have more face-time with their clients.
Public defenders are often so busy with their heavy caseloads that they often only meet with their clients just minutes before entering a plea or getting ready for trial.
Private attorneys take fewer cases and are able to spend more time on each case, which includes utilizing their network of private investigators and expert witnesses.
Civil proceedings and administrative hearings are handled separately.
Unlike private defense attorneys, public defenders cannot represent you for any civil proceeding or administrative hearing that may be related to your case.
For example, if you were charged with OWI, you would need to hire a private attorney to represent you during a driver’s license suspension hearing.
Finding an Effective Criminal Defense Attorney
If you are convicted of any crime, it is important to consider your entire future, not just they next couple years.
At Stangl Law Offices, we understand that regardless of the circumstances that a crime took place, there are two sides to the story, and every suspect or defendant deserves to have their voice heard and receive a solid defense.
In order to give each person the chance they deserve we offer free 10 minute consultations in order to determine whether our attorney Pat Stangl is the right fit for your case, so you can have the best chance of obtaining the best possible outcome for your situation. Contact us to schedule your free consultation.