This is a question that our San Diego law firm gets asked a lot, and for those who aren't familiar with the criminal court system, it makes total sense. Why would you want to pay for something that you can otherwise get for free?
The simple answer is: You get what you pay for. Here's why:
Your case will not get the attention it deserves from a public defender.
Public defenders work hard and many of them are great at what they do, but the nature of their job causes them to juggle a very high number of cases, which means each client only gets a little bit of attention.
It also means that the public defender won't have the time or energy to dig into the scientific and technical details of your case that could get your charge dismissed or reduced.
A public defender won't help you defend your driver's license.
After being charged with a DUI, you will face two separate cases: the criminal case and the administrative case with the DMV. The DMV has control over whether you will lose your driver's license, which is a major concern for most people. Only your DUI defense lawyer will fight for you in both cases.
You face major consequences, so you need the most effective lawyer that you can afford.
When you are facing a DUI charge, you are facing serious consequences, including jail time, hefty fines, the loss of your driving privileges and probation. You need a lawyer who knows how to effectively minimize the consequences you face.
The good news is that you don't have to be rich to afford a good lawyer. Our firm offers payment plans to make our legal services more attainable because we believe that everyone deserves to have an effective lawyer on their side when their freedom is in jeopardy.
You might not qualify for a public defender in the first place.
Everyone isn't automatically assigned a public defender after being charged with a crime. First you need to prove that you are indigent and cannot afford to pay for a private attorney. If you do qualify, you and every other indigent person with court that day will be assigned to the same public defender.
You can't afford not to hire a private DUI defense lawyer.
Mark Deniz is a former veteran prosecutor who offers personalized, aggressive litigation expertise at a price you can afford.
If you value your future, your bank account and your driving privileges, then the Law Offices of Mark Deniz can provide you with an invaluable service after being charged with drunk driving in the San Diego area.
For more answers to frequently asked questions about DUI charges, please visit our website.