Cannot address the issue of attorney fees. The idea of defense includes not only obtaining an acquital but, if the acquital is not possible, a reduction or dismissal of charges or some sentence other than the max.
Whether or not you retain private counsel or let him proceed with the public defender is your decision. You will find competent and hard working attorneys as well as sloths in both groups.
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There is no confidentiality online. Volunteering to answer this question does not create an attorney-client relationship. The accused is presumed innocent until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. The likelihood of a positive outcome- exoneration or a mitigated sentence- is increased with the help of an experienced criminal litigator. Seek out an experienced criminal litigator for a free consultation. If you cannot find one on Avvo, search at the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL.org) Speak to several attorneys and hire the one that makes you feel confident and comfortable. NACDL local members: http://tinyurl.com/8ru8wtv
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