Virginia  |  Criminal Law

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Asked on: 8/07/07, 9:57 pm

Are public defenders any good?

I live in NJ and was arrested and

charged with a crime while visiting

VA. At my preliminary hearing i was

asked if i wanted a public defender,

and since i can not afford to pay an

attorney, i said yes. How good are

these public defenders? Do they

normally fight for your rights as hard

as private attorneys do? I was

charged with a serious crime, for

which i am pleading not guilty to,

and if convicted would have

detrimental effects on me. Would it

be better for me to try to get money

somehow hire a private attorney, or

is a public defender good enough.

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