Dealing with the law can be a very tricky thing. Most of us go through our lives without needing to visit courts or prison. But due to some unfortunate event, some of us have to deal with law and order. If you are charged with a crime, it is arguably better to procure the help of a private lawyer (solicitor) rather than using a court appointed one.
A public defender is generally given when a person can’t afford to hire a lawyer or as a default in cases where people don’t have a lawyer. A public defender, in essence, is a real lawyer but there are several potential benefits of getting a private lawyers help.
Private lawyer Vs court appointed
A private lawyer has years of experience in picking apart the evidence, identifying key witnesses, and preparing cases in a better way compared to a public defender.
A private lawyer also generally has several resources at his side which are simply not available to a public defender. They will focus solely on your case as you are paying him to do a job. A private lawyer is interested in your case, so they are obligated to put your interest before anyone else’s. No matter what the allegation is, private defence Lawyers will aim to assist you in every way possible.
You get more time
Public defenders are appointed by the court, so they typically work very defined hours. These government employees have generally have large caseloads, are overworked and underpaid. So, they generally have less bandwidth to give per case compared with private lawyers (generally meaning they can take their time getting acquainted with the defendant and discover as much information to present a suitable case in front of the judge and the jury).
Winning a case
The competency of a private lawyer is judged by how many cases he has won. So, they are willing to fight hard and do everything possible for their clients. Private lawyers tend to be skilled in and excel in finding and explaining holes in the state’s case.
Preparing for trial
Gathering evidence is the first step towards a successful acquittal. The hardest part is getting the defendant ready for the case. An excellent private lawyer will provide you with explicit instruction on how to do this. He will give you a script and a strong statement of defence that will allow you to present your side of the story clearly.
If paperwork is not done according to the law, even if you are winning a case, it can lead to a mistrial. Hiring a good private lawyer will usually mean that everything is double-checked and they will make sure to do everything in time, keeping your best interest in his mind.