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Using a Public Defender vs. Hiring a DUI Defense Attorney

Last updated 6 years ago

We all make mistakes. Sometimes our mistakes turn out to be harmless, but sometimes they can have a huge impact on our lives. If you were recently arrested for a DUI, you have a decision to make—do you accept a court-appointed public defender, or hire a DUI defense attorney?

  • Public Defenders

There are several reasons why a public defender may seem like an attractive candidate to spearhead your defense—there’s no financial cost to you, and you still get a decent lawyer. However, public defenders are often extremely overworked, and while they may try their best to provide you with a solid defense, at the end of the day there’s only so much they can do. In addition, many public attorneys have a only a general working knowledge of criminal law, so you are unlikely to find one with the specialized knowledge of DUI laws that will best benefit you.   

  • DUI Defense Attorneys

Your other option for defense is to hire a private DUI defense attorney. Though there will be a fee, you’ll find a private criminal attorney’s expertise has a much better chance of reducing your DUI charge, as well as the amount paid in fines—not to mention jail time. According to a study published in the New York Times, sentences served by clients of public defenders are almost three times longer than those served by private attorneys. While the prospect of paying for a private DUI attorney may seem expensive, you will end up paying a lot more in terms of money and jail time without proper representation.

If you find yourself reeling from a DUI arrest, then contact the Blumberg & Associates criminal defense law firm. Since 1988, our defense lawyers have dealt with cases involving DUI, personal injury, drug charges, and other criminal cases. Are you or a loved one in a bind? Give us a call at (602) 277-6180 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              (602) 277-6180      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, and we’ll help you sort things out.  


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