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Hiring A Criminal Defense Attorney Verses The Public Defender

A public defender or court appointed attorney, as they are often called, is someone who works for the government. They provide free services for those who meet certain financial criteria. Some believe that a public defender has a great deal of time and resources to fiercely fight their case. Actually, in most cases, public defenders have massive caseloads. They do not have time to properly work each case as it should be. Their goal is to get the case resolved as quick as possible, and they quickly move on to the next client. The time restraints of the overburdened court appointed attorney, can have a direct impact on a case.

The War On Crime Comes With A Cost

Many state and federal agencies have suffered from major budget deficits. Though the country has experienced the lowest crime ratings since 1966, the prisons are overcrowded. America has become tough on crime and has raged a war on drugs. With strict mandatory sentencing laws, more people are spending time behind bars. Processing so many people takes both time and resources, two things most agencies do not have.

Private Attorneys Don’t Work Alone

George FernandezGeorge Fernandez
14:16 30 Apr 24
Excellent 10 out of 10, Helped resolve my case. Jeremy explained everything and made everything easy to understand.
RajRaj
21:33 24 Apr 24
If you are looking for a lawyer that listens, is aggressive where needed, and holds his word above all else, Todd is the best pick. I had hired multiple attorneys prior to hiring the Spodek Group for a white collar case. The first thing that stood out to me was the cost, as anyone going through the process and dealing with the system, money was tight at that time - especially after hiring and firing multiple lawyers. The cost was not as high as others which was definitely a plus. Todd's intake process was also unlike other attorneys. He took the time to actually listen. He cared. He was trying to put himself in my shoes while I was explaining the situation to him and he really took the time to understand the whole situation. Other lawyers will give you 15 mins and send you a retainer agreement. Not Todd, I think he spent almost two hours with me as I was explaining everything.Not only was he great during the onboarding process, he was supportive and very informative through the entire plea process and eventually sentencing. After hiring him, I asked if I should hire a prison consultant, he told me to save my money as he would do everything they would. He was right and held up to his word. Later on I would hear from others that went with the prison consultants that they were a waste of money - I am glad I listened to Todd!When it came time for sentencing, two days prior to sentencing, the prosecutor tried increasing my proposed prison time by almost double - apparently a normal move. Todd and his team worked with me non-stop through the weekend prior to sentencing to ensure that I was not given additional prison time. Again, he took the time to listen and came up with a strategy to explain the case with great detail.Unfortunately, I did plead guilty as that was my best option. Todd and his whole team wrote up nearly 300 pages of a summary of what happened and why I should not be given prison time. If I breakdown the amount I spent with Todd versus the amount of work that I saw being done, I am shocked I was not charged four times as much. The other benefit was, a lot of criminal defense lawyers were just a single attorney with a paralegal or two. Todd had a team of people that I dealt with (5-7 people that I interacted with), but he was ALWAYS accessible. It would never take him more than an hour to reply unless he was in court.I was sentenced to prison and I was emotionally distraught. Todd and his team did whatever they could even after sentencing to make sure I was alright. He personally stayed in touch with my family to ensure I was doing alright and offered support to them. Most lawyers would consider the job complete at sentencing, not Todd.After prison, Todd still spent time with me to make sure I was on the right track and avoiding any potential risks in the future. He has also been giving advice on how to navigate probation etc and has not been looking at the clock for billing.Although I wish I had never been arrested in the first place, I am glad I had Todd and his team in my corner. Without them I likely would have had to spend a lot more time in prison than I did.Thank you, Todd, and the entire Spodek Law team, for helping turn what was a nightmare into a manageable situation!
Yelva Saint-PreuxYelva Saint-Preux
19:26 19 Apr 24
I am immensely grateful to the entire team at Spodek Law Group for their unwavering dedication and exceptional expertise throughout my case. From our initial consultation to the final resolution, their professionalism and tireless advocacy made all the difference. Their strategic approach and attention to detail instilled confidence in me every step of the way.Thanks to their hard work and commitment, we achieved a truly favorable outcome that exceeded my expectations. Not only did they navigate the complexities of my case with precision, but they also provided invaluable support and guidance during what was undoubtedly a challenging time. I cannot recommend Spodek Law Group highly enough, especially attorneys Todd Spodek and Claire Banks; they are beacons of excellence in the legal profession.YSP.
Katherine SunKatherine Sun
18:08 18 Apr 24
my lawyer is Alex Zhik. Efficient, patient and professional
Nun yaNun ya
17:48 18 Apr 24
Todd, Ralph and Alex are amazing. Helped my husband get from a double digit number with multiple charges to a single digit, by the time I blink he will be out. They very professional and help with all your needs. They dealt with my anxiety and worry very well and they understand that your family member needs to get home as soon as possible.
Keisha ParrisKeisha Parris
20:45 15 Mar 24
Believe every single review here about Alex Z!! From our initial consultation, it was evident that Alex possessed a profound understanding of criminal law and a fierce dedication to his clients rights. Throughout the entirety of my case, Alex exhibited unparalleled professionalism and unwavering commitment. What sets Alex apart is not only his legal expertise but also his genuine compassion for his clients. He took the time to thoroughly explain my case, alleviating any concerns I had along the way. His exact words were “I’m not worried about it”. His unwavering support and guidance were invaluable throughout the entire process. I am immensely grateful for Alex's exceptional legal representation and wholeheartedly recommend his services to anyone in need of a skilled criminal defense attorney. Alex Z is not just a lawyer; he is a beacon of hope for those navigating the complexities of the legal system. If you find yourself in need of a dedicated and competent legal advocate, look no further than Alex Z.
Taïko BeautyTaïko Beauty
16:26 15 Mar 24
I don’t know where to start, I can write a novel about this firm, but one thing I will say is that having my best interest was their main priority since the beginning of my case which was back in Winter 2019. Miss Claire Banks, one of the best Attorneys in the firm represented me very well and was very professional, respectful, and truthful. Not once did she leave me in the dark, in fact she presented all options and routes that could possibly be considered for my case and she reinsured me that no matter what I decided to do, her and the team will have my back and that’s exactly what happened. Not only will I be liberated from this case, also, I will enjoy my freedom and continue to be a mother to my first born son and will have no restrictions with accomplishing my goals in life. Now that’s what I call victory!! I thank the Lord, My mother, Claire, and the Spodek team for standing by me and fighting with me. Words can’t describe how grateful I am to have the opportunity to work with this team. I’m very satisfied, very pleased with their performance, their hard work, and their diligence.Thank you team!
K MarK Mar
01:37 25 Jan 24
I recently had Spodek Law Group represent me for a legal matter in NYC and I am thoroughly impressed with their services.Alex Zhik secured the best possible outcome for my case.It was a seamless journey from the initial consultation to the resolution of my legal matter. From the moment I spoke to Todd about my case, his enthusiasm to help was evident, setting a positive tone for the entire experience. The efficiency and professionalism displayed by the team is commendable.A particularly noteworthy aspect of their service is their user-friendly portal to upload your documents/evidence. This not only simplified the process, but showcases their commitment to streamline the client experience.Lastly, in an industry where legal fees can often be a concern, I found their pricing to be very reasonable, making needing legal assistance feel accessible and stress-free.I am grateful for their support and wouldn't hesitate to turn to them again in the future.
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Most private attorneys work as part of a team of criminal defense lawyers. These lawyers have the time and resources to dedicate to the case. They have a full staff that is able to communicate with their clients, and they keep them abreast of the case standing. The goal of all attorneys, both public and private, is to provide their clients with the best service possible. However, governmental budgeting limitations and an overly burdened judicial system, has caused many problems for the public defenders. The decision between a court-appointed lawyer and a private attorney is vast.

An Inexperienced Attorney Can Equal A Bad Outcome

A public defender may not have the expertise needed for a case. They may also not have the experience for the type of case they are handed. These public defenders are the “new kids on the block” in many cases. They have not built up a rapport with members in the legal community, which is another disadvantage of their clients. Keep in mind, many law students fresh out of school, work in the public defender’s office. It has become increasingly hard to get a job in today’s legal world. They join the public defender’s team to apply their classroom skills to the courtroom. A brand new attorney may be more frightened of the courtroom than their client. They can be intimidated by the prosecutor, who has years of criminal law experience. Consequently, they may not really understand the trial and plea bargain process either. If a person is faced with jail time and there is a threat of having their life stripped away, they should not put themselves in such a precarious situation.

Worth Every Penny

An experienced criminal attorney adds an extreme value to the case. In most instances, they have handled hundreds of clients, and there is no price tag that can be attached to their expertise. When it comes down to dollars and cents, there is no price that can be put on one’s freedom. Yes, a private attorney will require payment. A public defender works for free and is paid through a government contract. As the old saying goes, “you get what you pay for.” Don’t expect miracles from a person who has 100 other cases they are actively working. A criminal defense attorney has a whole team backing them up. They understand the process from beginning to end. They know tricks and other methods to stall the prosecution or to have the case thrown out of court. When it comes to a serious legal battle, the strategy is everything.

Playing The Legal Game

Those who do not have the financial resources, and must go utilize the services of a public defender, should not allow their case to fall by the way. If a court appointed attorney is not answering calls, not keeping their clients updated on the case, or is not fighting the case as they should; the client has the right to request a substitution of counsel. If at all possible, hiring a private attorney is always the best course of action. Get someone who has ample experience and can really fight. Right or wrong, it is all about how the battle goes down in court. Some call it a legal game because it is very much a game. You just need to make sure to have the right players on your team.

This article is by Michael Kotik, a top rated Philadelphia criminal attorney.

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