When you’re arrested and read your Miranda Rights, you’ll be informed that you have the right to an attorney, and if you cannot afford one, one will be provided to you. Though you may be able to afford to hire a lawyer, you may think it’s better to save money and rely on this public defender. However, this decision could cost your freedom, especially when facing felony charges. Keep reading to learn what you must know about legal representation following an arrest and why it’s in your best interest to hire an OKC criminal defense lawyer to help you when facing charges.
What Is a Public Defender?
A public defender is a court-appointed lawyer to represent those who are unable to hire their own legal representation. This ensures that all who are facing criminal charges are protected under the Sixth Amendment of the United States Constitution, which gives all criminal defendants the right to an attorney.
However, it is necessary to note that the courts will consider your finances when determining whether or not you should be awarded a public defender. Though Oklahoma does not have a minimum income one must have before they are considered able to afford an attorney, the courts will examine your finances to make a judgment.
Why Is It Better to Hire an Attorney?
Though public defenders are lawyers who have passed the bar and have the necessary education and work experience, it is still in your best interest to hire a private attorney if possible.
Many people incorrectly assume that when you are appointed a public defender, they are by your side through the entirety of the criminal defense process. However, this is not true. You may have one lawyer for your arraignment and another during your criminal trial. This can be concerning for many, especially if your public defender did not leave notes. As such, the next attorney may not have left imperative information or discussed your circumstances with the successive attorney.
However, if you enlist the help of a private lawyer, you don’t have to worry about this. When you work with your own legal representation, they are with you through every step of the process from your arrest to the reading of the verdict. This is much more comfortable for many, as they have one person they can rely on.
Similarly, many who face criminal charges rely on public defenders, meaning the caseload for these attorneys can be overwhelming. As such, they may not have the time to dedicate to each person they represent. Instead, a private attorney has multiple clients, but they can better control their caseload to ensure each of their clients is represented.
When in legal trouble, The Jones Firm, PLLC is ready to represent you. Our dedicated legal team understands that facing criminal charges can be confusing and overwhelming, and we will do everything possible to fight for the best possible outcome for your circumstances. Contact us today to learn more about how we can help you.