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Why you need a criminal defense lawyer instead of a public defender

Being arrested and charged with a crime in the United States is no small thing. The country’s famously punitive legal system ensnares millions of people each year. Many of these individuals end up sitting in jail for weeks or months before they are arraigned. Others ultimately end up serving more time and paying heavier fines than necessary. Too often, the problem is people’s reliance on public defenders. 

 

A private attorney is always the better choice

Public defenders get a bad rap. There is no question that, on average, public defenders deliver far inferior results versus private defense attorneys. But the poor outcomes that so many clients experience after being assigned a public defender are mostly the fault of the system. Still, it is important to understand the stark differences between the kind of defense one can expect to get with a skilled private defense lawyer versus gambling one’s life and freedom on the inconsistent performance of public defenders. 

 

A matter of time

In confrontations with the legal system, spending more time on building a strong defense means spending less time behind bars. The key difference between the defense that one can expect from a public defender versus a private attorney boils down to time. Many public defenders strongly believe in what they do. But they simply don’t have the time or the resources to deliver anything resembling an adequate defense for their clients. 

A private criminal lawyer often has paralegals, researchers and experts that they can call on to assist in building the strongest possible defense. Private criminal defense attorneys may spend dozens or hundreds of hours on a single client’s defense, finding every potential weakness in the prosecution’s case and devising successful strategies to exploit those faults. On the other hand, a typical public defender may only be able to dedicate a total of a few minutes to their client’s case. With almost no research, preparation and strategizing, public defenders’ clients often stand little chance of mounting a serious challenge to aggressive prosecutors. 

Because around 85 percent of defendants nationwide elect not to hire a private attorney, the very fact that the client has hired a competent lawyer is often enough to seriously boost the client’s pretrial bargaining power. Prosecutors know that good defense attorneys with the necessary skills and resources backing them up can make even seemingly ironclad cases risky to take to trial. For this reason, overburdened prosecutors in cash-strapped court districts will often be far more open to negotiation with defendants who have retained competent legal counsel. 

 

Responsiveness

Even for those who aren’t charged with serious felonies, hiring a good private defense lawyer is often well worth the cost. Throughout the U.S. legal system, horror stories abound of people sitting in jail for months due to clerical errors, failure to file timely motions and other simple mistakes. These situations are frequently the result of public defenders simply forgetting to complete necessary tasks on their clients’ behalf. 

Such situations almost never happen with private lawyers. Once retained, a private attorney will usually give their client a way to get in touch with them at any hour. One of the top priorities of any criminal defense attorney is getting their client out of jail as soon as possible. Even for those charged with minor crimes, hiring a private attorney can mean the difference between languishing in jail for months while awaiting arraignment and going free. 

 

Cost and attitude

The only downside of hiring a private defense attorney is cost. While public defenders’ services are free, private lawyers may charge significant amounts. But hiring a good defense attorney is nearly always a good investment. 

Public defenders get paid whether they win all the time or lose every case. Criminal defense attorneys are invested in winning. A good private defense lawyer can give a defendant the critical edge they need to succeed in the face of America’s formidable legal system.


Charle Butler
Charle Butler
2021-03-12
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I was hesitant to hire the Spodek Law Group. I read reviews and knew they have a great reputation. However, I thought I would spend money and not see or speak to my attorney. From the beginning to end of my case Todd and the entire staff were available and willing to help. We worked towards and end result that was way above my expectation and Todd delivered. I am forever grateful for patience and long days and night spent working on my case. Thanks Todd and the entire team!
Mesonista parsons
Mesonista parsons
2021-03-05
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My attorney at Spodek was Abigail. She was very knowledgeable and helpful with all my questions and concerns, as well as responsive. Her fees are affordable and Abigail took the time to make sure I understood everything relating to my case. I highly recommend Abigail and will request her services in the future.
debabrata chakraborty
debabrata chakraborty
2021-03-03
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Todd A Spodek is the experienced and best criminal lawyer at USA. He is very professional and always respond on time. Alex also very cooperative and always help me. They took care me and my problem like family member. I am 100% satisfied for their professional service. My result was unexpected and amazing. They dismissed my case. I am really grateful to them. I will recommend you to go there if you want to solve your problem. I wish all the best for them.
Asata Hendricks
Asata Hendricks
2021-03-02
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Truly appreciate the work the guys did!. Exceptional team & I know they care about each and everyone of their clients. I am super thankful to be referred to Spodek Law Group and I am grateful Todd & Alex were able to work diligently to achieve an outcome I am pleased with. Despite COVID they stayed on top of things and kept me informed every step of the way. Very thankful.
Mike Moroff
Mike Moroff
2021-02-26
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I'm very satisfied with the services rendered by Todd, Alex and Mary Lou. I whole heartedly recommend Spodek Law Group . I've worked with and have retained other attorneys in the past with Todd's firm being the cream of the crop for many reasons. A very serious legal matter was resolved after a year's hard work and effort. Todd expertly guided me through the process and was able to navigate and make the good journey bearable as well as successful. Mary Lou initially provided excellent assistance before referring my case to Todd. Alex's support was effective and timely. The customer portal (MyCase) is an invaluable communication tool that also kept track of my case. Various aspects of my case were explained and there were several options provided but I made the final decision of how the case would be handled. The legal fee was reasonable considering the effort and amount of work plus it was a flat fee regardless of the length of time required to conclude my case. Todd made himself available to me and we had many scheduled meetings to go over the progress and to discuss the next steps. I felt more confident after many discussions with him. You will not go wrong choosing Spodek Law Group for legal matters.
Josh Katz
Josh Katz
2021-02-24
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Being that it was the first time that I was in need of an attorney, I was afraid and hesitant and knew I needed the absolute best. It is beyond understood why Spodek Law Group has a reputation of being the top, if not the best law firm in New York. Alex and Abigail were there every step of the way even at the most unconvenient hours. I could not have asked for more. They are extremely good at what they do and they delivered much much more than just winning my case. A big thank you to Alex and Abigail for all the guidance and counseling and their upmost loyal support that extended far more than just legally. If you need the absolute best than don't hesitate to hire Spodek Law Firm.
L.C.
L.C.
2021-02-24
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I cannot tell you how thankful I am to Todd and Alex for their hard work and dedication to my case. I had never been in any trouble before but I had an unfortunate event occur and in the midst of COVID-19 at that therefore I knew I needed a team that was dedicated to my success. Today- my case has been finalized and I’m walking away with no record and can continue life as a mother and a Grad student worry free. I cannot express enough gratitude for their assistance.
AnnMarie Soliman
AnnMarie Soliman
2021-02-23
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I received a summons and called Spodek law group for a free consultation. Alex took my call and was very quick and responsive. He was available anytime through multiple platforms and very reassuring when needed. They are extremely organized and thorough. They got my case dismissed! I’m very grateful. Thank you Alex and Todd!

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