All criminal defendants are entitled to a competent defense. The federal government and each state provide legal counsel for those who are indigent and cannot afford their own private Hampton DUI Lawyer. However, this service is offered in a variety of ways depending upon the state or jurisdiction. Large metropolitan areas are more likely to have a public defender’s office to serve the high volume of criminal cases. In sparsely populated rural areas where it is not cost-effective to have full-time public defenders, there are other ways of covering this requirement. There are four primary indigent defense systems: the public defender’s office, contract systems, assigned counsel programs, and pro bono publico.
Public Defenders Office
Many jurisdictions elect or appoint public defenders. The state or county gives the public defender a budget and assigns him or her to provide legal defense for indigent defendants. The public defender then hires assistant public defenders that are the workhorses of the agency and defend … Read the rest