Does Money Buy Justice?
Money doesn't buy justice itself, but it certainly can buy access to resources that can bring justice about; and money can ultimately save you time (and yes, money). Here's how:
ResourcesIf you are charged with a crime, you are ENTITLED to an attorney, even if you cannot afford one. The court-appointed attorneys I know are some of the most talented attorneys out there. But even the most talented attorney can only do so much without resources. What kinds of resources? Experts, forensics, private investigators, toxicologists, statisticians, digital forensics, and the list goes on. There is no entitlement to the full arsenal of defensive resources. So how does one access these? Money. Plain and simple. The more money you can spend on defensive resources, the more tools your attorney will have to defend you with. So you see, it is not a matter of money buying justice itself. It is a matter of money buying access to information. And the more information your attorney can collect, the better equipped he/she will be to defend you.
TimeYour time is worth money. If you are taking time off of work to make repeated court appearances, only to have your court date continued to a later date, you are wasting time and money. A private attorney will cost more money than a public defender, but a private attorney will have a much smaller case load. A smaller case load means that the attorney has more time to devote to YOUR case. If your case is going to be continued to a later date, a private attorney can save you those repeated trips to the courthouse by entering those continuance orders prior to your court date. This will ultimately save you time and money.