Depending on your charge, your criminal record, and your personal financial situation you may be eligible to apply for the services of a public defender to represent you in court.
During his time as a prosecutor Mr. Roughton worked with public defenders every day. In his experience they are hardworking, smart, and caring lawyers.
Here’s the drawback, though, with going with a public defender. As hardworking as they may be, they just have way too many cases to handle each day. They simply don’t have the time in their day to do everything possible to defend your case. They may know the “lay of the land” in a particular courtroom but with so many other clients waiting for them in other courtrooms they can only spend so much time handling your case.
Keep in mind too that public defenders aren’t necessarily free either. They charge by the hour. If you do decide to have a public defender represent you and you eventually plead guilty or are found guilty after a trial you will still have to pay money (the public defender’s hourly fee) for the time the public defender spent on your case.
As a private criminal defense lawyer Mr. Roughton can and does spend whatever time it takes to give clients the very best chance to win their case.
Even if you’ve already signed up for a public defender chances are it’s not too late to hire Mr. Roughton. A person who has been assigned a public defender can always hire a private lawyer and ask the judge to release the public defender from the case.
Mr. Roughton is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to discuss your DWI charge. His office number is (919) 908-0230.