Criminal Law Questions? Ask a Criminal Lawyer.
You have three open questions, so I was trying to close them out to answer on one page. However, I will just respond here, so allow me a minute.
In a criminal case, it is highly unlikely that you will find a private attorney to work with the public defender, in representing the defendant. I say this because the PD is appointed when the defendant is unable to retain private counsel. If a private attorney is willing to take and work on the case pro bono, then the defendant would have representation and the Judge would not allow the PD to be appointed. The court is not going to appoint the PD and allow a criminal defense attorney to represent him at the same time, so it has to be one or the other. He can ask for the PD to be appointed and then try and find a criminal defense attorney to take the case pro bono. If that happens, the PD can simply withdraw from the case.