No matter what you’ve been accused of or how much money you have, you always have the right to an attorney. The sixth amendment guarantees that you can seek counsel when you are accused of a crime. If you can’t afford a lawyer of your own, the court is legally obligated to provide you with a public defender who can support and represent you while your case is underway.
Use of an Attorney
As much as you might know about the law, representing yourself is rarely a good idea. Fighting your own case is not only extremely difficult, but the law and court procedure can be confusing. When you hire a lawyer, you can focus on taking care of yourself and preparing for the case while your attorney analyzes the law and sees how it can work to your benefit. A single crime can change a person’s life, but a qualified attorney can protect your rights and ensure that you are treated justly.
Public Defenders’ Workload
If you can’t afford a lawyer on your own, you still have the right to be appointed an attorney. There are many hard-working, well-qualified public defenders, but it is important to realize that most public defenders have enormous caseloads. If you want to receive individualized attention with an attorney who has the time to work your case as throughly as possible, contact attorney, Steven D. West. Mr. West handles DUI and underage drinking, drug offenses, assault and domestic violence, as well as all felony matters in State and Federal Court.
Give the office a call at (520) 623-4387 or visit his website to learn more.