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General question about defense attorneys Justice System, Police, Courts

Discussion in 'Criminal Charges' started by obo01, Apr 6, 2021.

  1. obo01

    obo01 Law Topic Starter Member

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    Are defense attorneys as good as paid for attorneys
     
  2. cbg

    cbg Super Moderator

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    In some cases they're better.
     
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    justblue Well-Known Member

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    Huh? Defense Attorney are "paid for attorney's" unless they are working pro bono.
     
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  4. obo01

    obo01 Law Topic Starter Member

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    Nice ;). I hope I never need one. But good to know
     
  5. cbg

    cbg Super Moderator

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    I think he's referring to public defenders.
     
  6. Tax Counsel

    Tax Counsel Well-Known Member

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    What are you asking about specifically? Criminal defense attorneys? Civil defense attorneys? If criminal, are you asking about private defense counsel that you hire and pay entirely on your own, or public/appointed defense counsel that is selected by the court or public defenders office and paid for by the government? And in what state? All those details matter as there are a lot of different defense attorneys out there and what they get paid varies quite a bit.
     
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    That's like asking which is better: an orange or a cat.

    All attorneys are "paid for attorneys." In the case of criminal defense attorneys, it's simply a question of who's paying the bill.

    My guess is that the question you intended to ask is whether public defenders are "as good as" private defense attorneys. If that's what you intended to ask, the answer is that some public defenders are better at some things than some private attorneys, but some private attorneys are better at some things than some public defenders. The biggest distinction between public defenders and private defense attorneys is that public defenders are typically overworked and don't that the time to devote to each individual case as each individual client might like.
     
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    I know...I was just making a point.
     
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  9. obo01

    obo01 Law Topic Starter Member

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    Yes I did mean to say public defenders. If they can dismiss cases that's a plus.
     
  10. obo01

    obo01 Law Topic Starter Member

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    IL. I'm not having a case or intend to have one. But just wanted to know. I understand civil cases don't get free attorneys unless its a contingency based injury attorney or through a legal aid for non criminal. I'm up on that already.
     
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    No defense attorneys, public or private, can dismiss a case against their client.
     
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    zddoodah Well-Known Member

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    No criminal defense attorney has the ability to dismiss a case. A defense attorney can file a motion to dismiss, which the court will consider and either grant or deny. The prosecutor may also be able to dismiss the charges, but the defense attorney cannot.
     

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