I got a burglary of habitation in Oct. and have been in jail since Dec. (having someone post this for me) my public defender has only came to see me once (in Dec) and gave me no info on what his strategy was for my case and really left me with no answers. I havent heard from him at all since. (it is now March) my family reached out to him and he said I have a pnc in April. But we have not discussed my case together at all. He talked to family briefly and told them he is just going to see how it all plays out with the DA and he doesnt have much of a defense to go on (which is not true at all) He told my family he would come see me 3 weeks ago and never did. I am considering hiring an attorney (family will really have to carry the financial burden as I cannot afford one) I feel like he is not in my defense at all and I am kind of just lost sitting here waiting. Would a hired attorney be more proactive and communicate with me or is this how all attorneys are? I am not experienced in the legal system at all.
If you can afford an attorney, you are REQUIRED to hire your own attorney. Remember those warnings? They say "IF YOU CANNOT AFFORD ONE, an attorney will be appointed to represent you." So, IF YOU CAN AFFORD ONE, hire one. Otherwise, you're stuck with what you've got.
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Your attorney owes no obligation to your family. Most public defenders are skilled and competent attorneys.. There's something to this story you are not clear on like why are you sitting in jail after 2 months with no bail... If you're going to hire private counsel and put your family through that you need to hire someone who is experienced....
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