Should I Hire A Criminal Defense Attorney
If you have been arrested and are facing criminal charges in California, you may be wondering whether or not you should hire a criminal defense attorney to defend your freedom. The law provides certain procedural safeguards for criminal defendants before and after they have been arrested for a crime and and also criminal charges have been filed. It is true that if you cannot afford an attorney, one will be appointed for you, however, having a public defender represent you may not be in your best interest.
Every day in California thousands of individuals are arrested and later prosecuted. Most criminal defendants cannot afford to pay an attorney to represent them so their only option is to represent themselves in court or have the public defender represent them. Because representing yourself is not a wise choice, most criminal defendants in this situation opt for the public defender. This means the public defender will likely have a very high caseload which will not allow them to dedicate the time that your case deserves. When you retain a criminal defense attorney, the attorney will not take the case unless they can dedicate the time necessary to competently and zealously defend against the charges you face.
At Estelle & Kennedy, we understand that the case presented by the prosecutor is not always accurate. That is why, if you retain us, we will fully investigate the facts and circumstances surrounding the charges against you. We will also ask the court to exclude any evidence that was was not obtained properly or that interferes with your constitutional rights. Give our criminal defense attorneys a call today to discuss your California criminal charges.