If you are charged with a crime, you could be facing a number of penalties, not the least of which could be prison or jail time and fines. A criminal conviction on your record could affect the rest of your life. Choosing your attorney could be one of the most important decisions you will make. With a public defender, you probably will not have that option. An attorney will be appointed to you, and you do not get to choose who it will be.
Wouldn’t it make sense to have an experienced Fort Myers criminal defense lawyer with a proven track record in your corner? At Calvo & Calvo, Attorneys at Law, we are seasoned, professional criminal defense lawyers. We have a Board Certified criminal trial lawyer and a former prosecutor on our team. We are knowledgeable and aggressive and dedicated to defending our clients.
A public defender can only represent you in criminal matters. If you need a lawyer for another related matter, such as an administrative hearing on driver’s license suspension with a DUI, a public defender will not be able to help you. It could be important to have legal representation in such a situation, and one lawyer handling both the criminal and administrative aspects could be more effective representation.
Although individual public defenders may be competent attorneys, public defender programs tend to be badly underfunded and their lawyers seriously overloaded. A public defender with a far too heavy case load may not be able to give your case the time and attention it deserves. There is a lot at stake here, and your future is on the line. You need to know that your lawyer can make the time to meet with you and thoroughly examine the evidence and facts in your case to develop the best possible defense strategy. Contact our legal team for outstanding criminal defense.