Public Defender or Defense Attorney
A public defender, or defense lawyer, is usually not appointed if the type of crime is such that the punishment is usually a fine, such as in traffic cases.
The state covers the cost of the attorney, if you are acquitted. If, on the other hand, you are convicted of the crime, you will be obliged to pay all or part of the state’s costs, depending on your income level. A suspect always has the right to be assisted by a lawyer that you appoint yourself, and in such cases you will bear the cost yourself.
In general, you should hire a public defender directly during the preliminary investigation process, that is, immediately when you are served or are to be served with suspicion of a crime and the first police interviews are to be conducted. It is a very good idea to have an expert who can advise you even then, regardless of whether you are guilty or not.
It is never a good idea to represent yourself and as an unprofessional to get through a criminal trial without a professional defense attorney.
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