Five Reasons to Choose a Private Criminal Defense Attorney Over a Public Defender

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Under the Sixth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, you have a right to be represented by an attorney provided and paid by the state. While you can use a public defender if you cannot afford a private attorney, doing so might negatively impact the outcome of your criminal case.

Below, we will discuss the reasons to hire a private criminal defense attorney instead of using a public defender appointed by the court. If you have been arrested for a crime, speak with our Charlotte criminal defense attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, to discuss your particular case.


Private-practice-attorney-Charlotte-Monroe-Mooresville-300x225Reasons to Hire a Private Attorney Instead of a Public Defender

If you are being accused of a crime, you could be facing serious penalties that could haunt you for the rest of your life if you are convicted. For this reason, you cannot take your chances. You need the best legal representation you can get.

Let’s discuss the reasons to hire a private criminal defense attorney instead of a court-appointed public defender.


  1. A Private Attorney Works for You

Since you are the one who has to choose and pay for a private attorney, your attorney will work for you, not the court. When you are represented by a private criminal defense attorney that must answer to a paying client they are strongly motivated to commit the time and resources necessary which means you are more likely to secure a favorable outcome in your criminal case.


  1. A Private Attorney is More Motivated to Win

You are paying a private attorney to represent your best interests in your criminal case. Private attorneys are motivated to do a great job on your case in order to get paid and establish a solid reputation. A private criminal defense attorney will be motivated to invest more time in order to help you dismiss the charges or reduce the penalties.


  1. A Public Defender May Not Have Much Time for Your Case

Since public defenders are usually overwhelmed with dozens – if not hundreds – of criminal cases at once, a public defender may not be able to devote a sufficient amount of time to your case. In fact, a public defender may not even be able to meet with you to discuss a successful defense strategy.

When you hire a private attorney, you can have as many meetings and correspondence as necessary to build an effective defense.


  1. A Public Defender May Lack the Necessary Experience

Just because a public defender can manage dozens of criminal cases at once does not automatically make him/her a good criminal defense lawyer. In fact, some public defenders may be early in their legal careers and not have the necessary experience to effectively defend their clients in court when compared to choosing a private attorney with an established history in criminal defense.


  1. A Public Defender May Not Have the Necessary Resources

When defending you against the charges, your lawyer often must have access to various resources in order to prepare a successful defense. Unfortunately, public defenders are often working within the confines of a limited budget and may not have the necessary resources to build an effective defense. A private attorney, on the other hand, is more likely to have all the resources you need to help achieve a favorable outcome in your criminal case.


Contact a Charlotte Criminal Defense Attorney

At Arnold & Smith, PLLC, our private criminal defense attorneys are dedicated to helping you protect your rights and your future. Our goal is to help you through the complicated process and reach the best possible outcome for your case. Our attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC, can help. Get a phone, video or in-person consultation by calling at (704) 370-2828 to speak with our detail-oriented and well-versed lawyers with offices in Charlotte, Lake Norman, and Monroe, please contact Arnold & Smith, PLLC today or find additional resources here.







The criminal defense attorneys at Arnold & Smith, PLLC make it their mission to zealously defend their clients on a wide range of criminal matters at both the state and federal levels. These matters may include any charge from traffic offenses; DWI/DUI; drug charges (from simple possession to possession with intent to distribute and trafficking); gun permit denials; weapons offenses; and property crimes (larceny, breaking and entering, robbery, fraud, embezzlement, white collar offenses); to sexually related offenses (indecent exposure; sexual assault, crimes against nature, removal from sex offender registry); and violent crimes (domestic violence; assault; manslaughter; homicide, murder). Other legal issues that Arnold & Smith, PLLC criminal clients may be facing include restraining orders, restraining order and probation violations, expungements; appeals; and immigration issues related to criminal charges. Our criminal defense attorneys are passionate about ensuring that individuals empower themselves by being informed about their constitutional rights, and stand at the ready to fight in the defense of those facing criminal charges.





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