While they are paid by the State, they are hired to represent your legal interest. If they failed to do this and did not work hard and represent your legal interest, they could be subject to discipline and even lose their license and get fired for their job. Their loyalty should be to you, as the client, not the State. If you do not want the PD representing you, then you would need to retain private counsel. Every attorney is encouraged to take cases pro bono, so you would need to contact the criminal
defense attorneys in your area, advise them of the situation and see if they would take the case. It is at the discretion of the attorney to take the case pro bono, so the circumstances which you have, can certainly be used to persuade them to help you.
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