The question isn't whether he has gone to court yet. If he has a court appointed lawyer, the question is: What has that lawyer done to attempt to get him before a judge? Has a bond or preliminary/committal hearing motion been filed yet? If not, he won't go before a judge until one is filed or the State indicts him. If your friend cannot tell you whether these motions have been filed, there is one of two problems with this attorney. Either the attorney hasn't even begun working on his case or the attorney has failed to keep his client informed of what is happenning in his case. Either way, he is probably going to want to hire his own attorney. He will not be given a different court appointed attorney just because he doesn't like this one.
A paid lawyer is likely to do things in a more timely fashion and to keep his client more inforrmed about the case. This can mean the case gets to court quicker, but most of that is out of the control of the attorney. He can only start the process by filing the motion.
One of the big differences between a public defender and a private lawyer is that the private lawyer has more time and spends more time working on any specific case. So the answer to your question typically is "yes." That being said, aggravated stalking is a serious crime and one judges do not like since it typically involves a person defying a court order. Your friend will need an experienced lawyer to fight this case.
A private attorney will have a smaller caseload than the public defenders and thus more time to spend on each case. That doesn't mean the outcome will be what you want, but it means there will be more time/effort devoted to trying to achieve that outcome. You're ALWAYS better off with an attorney that gets paid by YOU than that gets paid by the government. You don't want to be just another charity case on a public defender's desk.
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