You are unlikely to find an attorney who is more competent than the public defender and who is willing to work for free.
Attorneys are like doctors, plumbers, mechanics and other professionals who have nothing to sell but their time. If they give it away, they don't stay in business long. There are some organizations like the Innocence Project that work on cases that may involve a wrongful conviction, but they reject far more cases than they take.
Here's what the California Court of Appeal had to say:
"It is an odd phenomenon familiar to all trial judges who handle arraignment calendars that some criminal defendants have a deep distrust for the public defender. This erupts from time to time in savage abuse to these long-suffering but dedicated lawyers. It is almost a truism that a criminal defendant would rather have the most inept private counsel than the most skilled and capable public defender. Often the arraigning judge appoints the public defender only to watch in silent horror as the defendant's family, having hocked the family jewels, hire a lawyer for him, sometimes a marginal misfit who is allowed to represent him only because of some ghastly mistake on the part of the Bar Examiners..." (People v. Huffman (1977) 71 Cal.App.3d 63, 70 ,fn.2.)
If you read my colleague's response you can see why I directed you to the Public Defender.
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