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Good morning. I certainly understand the situation and your concern. Yes, he can certainly obtain great representation with the public defender. Being that he will most likely be charged with a felony, the PD representing him will certainly have years of experience and be able to handle the case. The public defender often has a heavy case load, so he/she may not be able to give as much personal time to your brother-in-law as a private attorney would be it does not mean they are not going to work on his case and represent his best interest. Moreover, if his wife is going to cooperate and testify on his behalf that this was an accident, it should certainly be a mitigating factor, with the charges he is going to face. The PD is going to make a demand for discovery and see all the evidence which the State has and is going to use against him. Their key piece of evidence is going to be the testimony of his wife, so if she testifies that this was an accident, it may not be a case that even has to go to trial
. The State may be inclined to take a plea and amend the charge, if they do not have a good faith basis to proceed. Of course, the issue will still remain holding the police at bay for 6 hours, so that will certainly need to be looked into and see what charges come from that.
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