Is Hiring an Attorney Worth It?

I recently learned about Miranda rights in a college class that I’m taking. Miranda rights originated after Ernesto Miranda was not informed of his rights while he was being arrested. Today, when a police officer makes an arrest they are expected to say the following statement: “You have the right to remain silent. Anything you say will be used against you in a court of law. You have the right to have an attorney. If you cannot afford one, one will be appointed to you by the court. With these rights in mind, are you still willing to talk with me about the charges against you?” I’ve heard this statement a bunch of times on movies and TV, but something popped out at me when I studied them for class: that line that says you will have an attorney appointed to you by the court if you can’t afford one.

I never thought about how you have a right to an attorney in every criminal case. That just goes to show how complicated and complex the legal system is. The government recognizes that you need an attorney for a fair trial. I know that most lawyers work at firms and they aren’t court appointed. But I began to wonder, if you can get an attorney to take on your case for free, why would you go through the trouble of hiring one? I was wondering about this so I began reading the websites for a lot of different criminal attorneys. I stumbled upon the website of Truslow & Truslow where they talked about why it’s worth the cost of hiring an attorney.

It turns out that the attorney you can get for free is known as a public defender. Public defenders have a rewarding job, because they get to work for those in the most unfortunate financial circumstances and make sure they get a fair trial. The bad part is that these public defenders have too many cases to give each one all the attention it deserves. On top of this, they are paid far less than the attorneys that work for a firm, and therefore have fewer resources available to them. All of this is going to inhibit a public defender’s ability to look at all the relevant details of your case.

When you choose to hire a lawyer from a firm, they are going to earn their money through putting in the hours necessary to get you the best possible settlement. When these lawyers provide a great defense, you have a much better chance of getting a plea bargain. If you end up getting convicted, these lawyers will continue to work with you so that you have the possibility to have your offense expunged, or taken off your record. Having a criminal offense taken off your record is well worth the money upfront. You may not want to pay several thousand dollars for a top-notch lawyer today, but if you have a DUI on your record, that could cost you a lot more down the line when you’re unable to get a high paying job.


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