Welcome Guest | Sign In or Create Free Account

Public Defender

Compare Providers

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.

Helpful Hints:

Fees for public defenders are means-tested in most states. Ask questions regarding what a public defender can and cannot do for you.

What’s Next?

Find an attorney.
Get financing.
Find an ignition interlock company.
Find traffic school.

 To See Providers

Provider Marketplace