Is the use of a court appointed lawyer for a level 6 felony for drugs possession a wise idea? Or should I pay for one and put my self in debt?

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Asked on November 26, 2018 under Criminal Law, Indiana

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 2 years ago | Contributor

Hire a lawyer. Many court-appointed lawyers are skilled and dedicated; but--
* if they are Legal Aid and do this for a living, they have too many cases, too few resources, not enough time or help, and are likely overworked; or
* if they don't do this for a living, just get the occasional case like this, they have a strong economic incentive to spend more time on their more lucrative clients, meaning you will get less time and attention.
You almost always get better service from an attorney you hire.
A felony can send you to jail for more than a year; while you need to decide the following ofr yourself, it is likely incuring some debt to reducethe chance of significant jail time.


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