My question involves criminal law for the state of: California
Hi, I'm wondering if there is any added perks by hiring a private attorney than getting a public defender. One person informed me that if i can afford a PA, then I most likely won't qualify for a PD, but I think I can because I am a student. I can afford a PA with the help of some friends as well as some student loans. I'll just have to
Through a serious lapse of judgment on my part as well as.. I don't know. I really have no excuse, there's nothing that could explain my behavior that would be enough to pardon for the stupid and terrible thing i did:
I was charged with a misdemeanor for petty theft, female, 22 years old, first time offense, completely clean record besides 2 speeding tickets, one last month and one 7 years ago. I was cooperative through out the whole process. Merch equaled to about 101 dollars.
I have heard mixed reviews- PDs have a lot of experience, but they do not have the time to focus on your case like a PA would. Then again, PAs do not have as much experience.
I was doing some research and was informed that the misdemeanor can be reduced to an infraction because this is the first time offense and i do have a clean record. My question is, would I have the same chance of getting it reduced to an infraction with a Public Defender rather than a Private Attorney?
I checked my Private Attorney's stats on Avvo.com, and the reviews have been good, the good thing about her was that she was a public defender before so she does have that experience. I am not sure what to do.
I know that there are people that think that what I did was completely unforgivable and that I deserve what I get, and I do agree. I have never done anything like this before- and I don't know what possessed me to do such a terrible thing. If you do scold/chastise me, I hope that you have some legal advice in there as well, instead of just giving me your two cents on how terrible of a person I am because believe you me, I know.
Any kind of insight, information and tips are greatly appreciated.