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How do I know when to use a public defender or a private lawyer?
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Thank you for your question. You can't use a public defender unless the court determines that you are indigent. If you are indigent, then you cannot afford a private lawyer. If you are unsure if you are considered indigent under State law, you can ask the court to appoint an attorney for you, and they will make the monetary determination.

I would say that if someone can afford an attorney, they should always hire their own private attorney. Public defenders are good attorneys but they have very large case loads which make it hard sometimes for them to give enough attention to all of their cases.

Please feel free to ask for clarification if needed. If none is needed, then if you could reply to this answer and let me know that I covered your question, then the Site will give me credit for assisting you today. Thank you

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