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What’s the difference between a private attorney and a court appointed one?

Did one go to school for longer or do better at their job and that's why they're private? Are court appointed lawyers less experienced and that's why they get paid less?

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    William L. Welch, III | William L. Welch, III Attorney
    111 South Calvert Street
    Baltimore, MD 21045
    (410) 385-5630
    There are good apples and bad ones in any barrel, regardless of whether it's the private bar or a public defender. The only difference is that you may choose who to hire, but you may not choose whom the court appoints for you. An attorney can assist you with evaluating the prosecution's case, any defenses that you might have, and any plea offer that might be made, so that you can decide whether to plea bargain or go to trial. If you were to be found guilty, then an attorney can assist you with presenting mitigation, allocution, and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. and a recommendation for a more lenient sentence. Consider seeking a confidential consultation with an experienced criminal defense attorney. Beware that online posts are not confidential. If somehow the prosecution were to find your post, then it might be used in evidence against you.
    Answer Applies to: Maryland - Replied: 3/15/2013
    Michael Breczinski | Michael Breczinski
    5005 Lapeer Rd
    Burton, MI 48509
    (810) 743-2960
    The only difference is how they get paid. Both types of attorneys take the same courses and have the same testing. They are all attorneys. The court appointed attorneys are there because the Constitution requires that people can have an attorney even if they are poor. About 97% of all defendants get a court appointed attorney. Often the court appointed attorneys are the best ones in the area because of all the experience they get. Just because someone pays for their own attorney does not mean that the person is any good at the criminal law. In many cases the attorneys that take court appointments also take retained cases.
    Answer Applies to: Michigan - Replied: 3/14/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    The decision as to retain a private attorney or be represented by a public defender is a personal one, which you must make. Like everything else in life there are good/bad private attorneys and good/bad public defenders. The main differences are: (1) you are able to choose your private attorney and fire him if you do not think he is doing a good job defending you (2) with a public defender you have no input into who you get and it is usually extremely difficult to have your public defender replaced with another public defender, if you are not comfortable with him/her (3) due to the case load of most, if not all, public defenders, your appointed attorney may not have the time to explain everything to you that you need to know or answer all your questions (4) a private attorney can give you the "personal" touch you may want and should have the time to explain everything to you and answer all of your questions. There are pros and cons to either choice, but these are the main differences.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/14/2013
    Timothy J. Thill | Timothy J. Thill P.C.
    261 E. Quincy ST
    Riverside, IL 60546
    (708) 443-1200
    Private attorney is a lawyer for hire, whom you can choose and retain to represent you. Usually this attorney will work for a fee, agreed upon between you and him. A court appointed attorney is a public defender, paid usually by the county, and assigned to represent indigent defendants for no fee, or at a fee which can be satisfied by the bond you posted. Both attorneys are excellent and experienced defenders, regardless of what you may have heard about public defenders.
    Answer Applies to: Illinois - Replied: 3/14/2013
    Brendan M. Kelly | Law Office of Brendan M. Kelly
    1700 Farnam Street, Suite 2820
    Omaha, NE 68102
    (402) 455-1711
    Answer Applies to: Nebraska - Replied: 3/14/2013
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