Public Defender or Private Attorney
A frightening report by Mother Jones came out yesterday. The article highlights how overworked public defenders are. Any lawyer will tell you just how difficult it is to give the proper amount of time and attention to every case. This is especially true for criminal lawyers. At Warnken, LLC, we try to limit the number of cases we take in order to provide proper representation to those cases we do take. Everyone has always known public defenders had a higher workload, but this report is eye opening.
Some of the highlights of the report:
- Average public defenders have at least 30% more cases than they should.
- In New Orleans, the average time spent on a case by a public defender is 7 minutes.
- 90-95% of public defender cases are pled guilty.
There is a phrase in criminal justice circles. The article uses the phrase. “Meet ’em and plead ’em.” That is the unfortunate reality. There are quite a few public defenders who do an excellent job for their clients. However, unlike a private criminal defense lawyer, PD’s cannot fully control their own caseload or schedule.
You can read the whole article here.