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Why hire a private criminal defense attorney?

Much like cancer, nearly everyone can name at least one addict they know or are related to. Understand that there is no judgment here; just help. No matter what the circumstances were or what your previous criminal record is, you are going to need a defense attorney. To take that a step further you are going to need a good defense attorney. Let's examine some reasons to hire an experienced defense attorney rather than going with a public defender or a lawyer with little criminal case background.


Time is one of those things that you can never get back once it is gone. Possession of drugs in Texas is a serious issue depending on the drug.

For example possession of one to four grams of cocaine is a third degree felony carrying a sentence of two to ten years. If you are arrested for this and have no criminal record, you will most likely be released from county jail on a PR (Personal Recognizance) bond. If it is not your first time you will be held until you plead guilty, win a trial or pay a bond if you have one.

A public defender will try to get you to plead guilty and show you what your reduced sentence would be if you do. This is known as a plea bargain. An experienced attorney may do the same thing but get you a better deal.

The experienced attorney may also find something wrong in the criminal procedure and have the entire case thrown out. Either way an experienced defense lawyer is more likely to make sure you aren't locked up as long.


You might be thinking that you just can't afford it. The difference between what the well traveled attorney can do and a public defender could be court costs in excess of what you would have paid with the experienced lawyer. In fact the difference could more than pay for the attorney. Call family, borrow or whatever you can do because a good attorney could be cheaper in the long run.


Some lawyers do pro bono (free) work and public defenders typically get paid a salary by the State of Texas. In other words a public defender works for the same people that are prosecuting you and the money they make is nothing to write home about.

Ask yourself this question. Who is going to work harder for me? A public defender on a salary or a well-paid defense attorney. The nature of people is that we are prone to work harder if we are paid more.


This may be the most important reason you need someone with experience. A person who has been around a long time, probably knows the judges and prosecutors. Subconsciously we are nicer and more giving to people we know and like. So when you attorney finishes discussing what their kids have been up to with the Assistant District Attorney and hands them your case, that relationship might mean a better deal than you would have gotten otherwise.

If you have questions call a defense attorney today.

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