In most jurisdictions, a DUI is considered a criminal offense with potential incarceration. If you do not hire a private DUI/DWI attorney, a public defender will be assigned to you. While assigned by the court, public defenders typically are not free.
Things that Matter:
- Public defenders are ethically bound to diligently represent their clients. They may not specialize in DUI.
- DUI convictions often involve an administrative (Department of Motor Vehicle) hearing regarding your driving privileges, and a criminal court hearing to determine the charge of the DUI.
- A DUI attorney can represent you at both hearings, but most public defenders can only represent you in the criminal court hearing.
Fees for public defenders are means-tested in most states. Ask questions regarding what a public defender can and cannot do for you.
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