Thank you for your follow-up.
Please permit me to take your questions one at a time.
1. Best Action to Take
Usually having the Public Defender is not a good idea on such a high risk and high profile case. PDs are notoriously overworked, and they have no time to sit down and actually research the issues a good portion of the time they represent. On the other hand sexual assault charges are punished severely by the prosecutor who generally does have time to research the case. It is usually advisable to get a private attorney who can spend time on the case, attempt to lower the bail by possibly showing that the defendant is not a flight risk, and be more zealous pertaining to your son's safety and representation.
There are quite a few possible reasons for the delay. It is possible that the PD is overworked and simply did not have the time to research this, as I explained above. It is also possible that either of the parties may have trial
at the other date, so they need to reschedule so that both can attend. Finally, it is possible that the PD was requesting information that he did not get, so he asked for a delay in making sure he would get the information and have enough time to read it.
3. The Right Attorney
Tough question. Two ways of going about it. First, contacting the bar association and reviewing the disciplinary history. If there is nothing there, and referred by the bar, he is a good attorney, albeit usually pricey. The other option is to browse the listings at websites such as www.avvo.com and www.martindale.com. There you can search by fees, location, experience, and expertise. Also past clients can put down their testimonials. This way you will be able to find out whether or not an attorney is any good.
Edited by Dimitry Alexander Kaplun on 9/5/2010 at 4:38 PM EST