Should You Use a Public Defender for Criminal Charges in Waukesha?

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It’s important that you know you can only be appointed a public defender to work on your case if you can’t afford to hire an attorney. Everyone in this country has the right to work with a legal professional when they’re facing criminal charges; that’s why the courts have no problem appointing an attorney to help you.

However, if you can afford an attorney, you have two options: you can hire one or you can defend yourself.

For most people, defending themselves in court is a bad idea. (However, in some cases, that’s the only alternative to a public defender. If you cannot afford an attorney, it’s almost always a good idea to go with a public defender.)

The Difference Between a Public Defender and a Hired Attorney

Public defenders are appointed attorneys who are paid by the government. They’re often overburdened with cases; they’re typically limited in the amount of time they can spend on any case, they usually don’t have access to extensive resources (such as public funds to hire an expert for testimony), and you don’t really get to choose which public defender takes your case.

A public defender might be handling up to 200 cases at one time, and that’s incredibly overwhelming. 

For many people charged with crimes in Waukesha or Milwaukee to find the resources to hire an attorney who isn’t overburdened—and who has the time and resources to provide the best possible legal support.

If you’d like to talk to an attorney for a free consultation about any criminal charge, call us at 262-650-6700 if you’re in Waukesha; if you’re in Milwaukee, call 414-383-6700.

Carlos Gamino
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Should You Hire a Lawyer - Waukesha Criminal Defense
By Carlos Gamino

When you’re facing criminal charges in Waukesha, whether you’re looking at a felony or a misdemeanor, it can be tough to decide whether you want to hire an attorney, rely on the state’s public defender, or defend yourself.

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