My son is facing a mandatory 5 plus years in an armed robbery case. He has a job, just not enough to pay out 10k for an excellent criminal defense attorney. A cab driver was robbed a gun point of over $100.00. The driver says he followed the perpetrator several blocks while calling dispatch for help. When the police arrived, my son says he was walking in the direction of the police. Someone ran past him and drpped what he thought was a cell phone at 11pm. He went to pick it up realizing it was a gun at the same time police are headed in his direction, he immediately tossed the weapon. He never plead guilty, never gave a statement, swears he's innocent of all charges. Yet his PD wants him take a deal 5-10. In addtion, they only found $82.00 on his person. Where's the remaining $20 +
If an attorney is only charging you 10k to try this case, that is something worth investing in. Your son is only facing the rest of his life to be tarnished for something he did not do, just because he does not have the money. Perhaps the family should help him pay his legal fees; unless of course, you att don't believe him. Personally, we do not defend criminal, we defend innocent people been wrongfully accused, and I can tell you, we would not represent him for 10k, you are looking at minimum of 25k. Good luck and may God bless you all.
First, Please understand that Public Defenders are good attorneys for the most part. They have more in the trenches experience than many private attorneys. The problem is that the public defenders are understaffed, over worked and underpaid so they have limited resources with which to work.
Second, Mr. Baez gives some good advice. Armed Robbery is a serious crime worth the cost to defend. In Pennsylvania Robbery is graded as a Felony. Since they alledge there was gun involved they have tacked on a 5 year mandatory minimum. Which means IF convicted he will have to serve a minimum of 5 years before he is even eligible for parole. In Pennsylvania sentences have a minimum and a maximum so a 5 year mandatory minimum would be a sentence of 5 to 10 years. Something that serious that will follow your son for the rest of his life is worth and agressive defense. To be sure your son's public defender knows more about the case than anyone posting here. From the facts you have presented it seems like with some investigation and a bit of creativity there could certainly be enough to raise reasonable doubt in the minds of jurors as to your son's guilt. Please keep in mind there may be issues or evidence we don't know about that could impact his case. So without a through review of the file I would never assume to suggest your son's attorney should be looking at a different strategy.
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I agree in part with the other postings. Many PDs are very good. However, they do not have the luxury of hand-picking cases and spending as much time as they wish on them. This case is a very serious one that will leave a mark on the rest of your son's life. In my opinion, the fee quoted by a lawyer would need to reflect all of these factors.
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