Im sitting outside a set of four courtrooms at our local courthouse (Im on the second floor, and there ate four on every floor for several floors). Im waiting to testify against one of my residents who broke the law. Anyway, the hallway out here is full of public defenders calling out names. "Are you XYZ?" Ive been asked multiple times if Im someone else by many different lawyers. These public defenders have to go represent these people in court right now....have never met them...have no clue who they are...what their story is...what they even look like! Its pandemonium out here with lawyers yelling for multiple people at a time then trying to find a quick quiet spot to confer....
Have any of you ever had to deal with this? How is it possible to get fair and adequate representation? This is appalling!
Answer by booklover545 at 10:22 PM on Jan. 5, 2013
Answer by NotPanicking at 7:37 PM on Jan. 4, 2013
No, but I would rather have that than no representation at all. Our legal system is not perfect but better than most.
Answer by JeremysMom at 11:58 AM on Jan. 4, 2013
Answer by wendythewriter at 12:15 PM on Jan. 4, 2013
Answer by missanc at 12:23 PM on Jan. 4, 2013
Answer by feralxat at 12:28 PM on Jan. 4, 2013
Answer by MrsLeftlane at 12:28 PM on Jan. 4, 2013
Answer by musicmaker at 3:22 AM on Jan. 6, 2013
My son used a public defender once. He met with the attorney at the attorney's office. Conferred with him on the phone, and met with him in the courthouse prior to the hearing. It is the defendant's responsibility to meet with the lawyer and not the other way around. The public is paying the bill, but the defense is the person's to make sure is strong. It has nothing to do with money. It has everything to do with taking responsibility for your own actions and dealing with the consequences of them. Defendant's aren't victims. They are the criminal. At least they should reach out to the lawyer they don't have to pay for and make sure that person knows who you are.
Answer by jesse123456 at 3:13 PM on Jan. 6, 2013
Answer by baconbits at 3:49 PM on Jan. 4, 2013