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A public defender is a qualified attorney, and should do you as good of a job as a private lawyer. Public Defenders get a bad reputation because they don't have as much time to spend on each case due to the caseload......and their win/loss record is probably worse than a private lawyer because they can't pick their clients and cases. In other words, a private lawyer is more likely to take on cases that he/she thinks can be won, while a public defender has to take anything assigned to him/her.
Thus, you shouldn't worry that you're getting a sub-par lawyer by going with a public defender.....because you likely aren't. However, if you conference with the public defender and feel like he/she doesn't have enough time available to spend on your case, you could always consider hiring a private lawyer at that point.