Welcome everyone to the DUI Minute, a series of educational videos brought to you by San Diego Defenders. Hi I’m Dan Smith, your host, the supervising attorney for San Diego Defenders, and what we’re giving you today is not to be construed as legal advice. It is merely directional material that’s meant to educate you and help you navigate through the DUI process. Today’s subject is private attorney versus public defender.
Now, I want to tell everyone that public defenders are great people, but they are overworked. They have tons and tons of cases, and many many times they don’t have the time to call you back, and certainly if you’re a third party they will not call you back. Now what is the difference between hiring a private attorney versus a public defender? Again public defenders are great people. I started as a public defender, a federal public defender, and I know that it’s a great way to cut your teeth to really learn the trial process and get a lot of trials in. But the fact of the matter is that a private attorney can give you a little more time.
They have the time in their office to talk with you to sit down and explain the entire process much like we’re trying to do with these videos. But one of the most important things that I think goes unnoticed most of the time is that people don’t realize if you hire a private attorney, for your DUI, to defend you.