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Are Public Defenders Effective in Denver Sex Crime Cases?

Posted by Kyle B. Sawyer | Sep 19, 2014 | 0 Comments

Learn more about whether public defenders are effective in sex crime cases in Colorado.
We are often asked by prospective clients if public defenders are effective. I have worked in Denver, Adams, and Douglas County courtrooms for over 20 years, and I can safely say that I believe public defenders are great lawyers. They fight hard for their clients in felony and misdemeanor cases. Sometimes, they aren't terribly effective, however. This isn't because they aren't good attorneys; it's because they are so busy. Let's dig deeper into what I mean.

Public Defenders Have Heavy Case Loads

Public defenders tend to have a bad reputation. This is sad, because often the reason they don't perform as well as a private attorney is that they are far too busy. A typical Public Defender in Douglas, Arapahoe, and El Paso County handles close to eighty cases at a time. Many of them are serious felony cases like Internet Luring of a Child, Sexual Assault, or Unlawful Sexual Contact. These cases are challenging, and when they are dealing with so many, they simply don't have the time to focus on the details.

Public Defenders Forced to Plea Bargain

Because of their heavy case load, public defenders have to plea bargain as many cases as they can so they are able to focus on the more serious cases which result in long prison sentences or mandatory prison time. This isn't because public defenders don't care – they care very much. But, they only have 24 hours in a day, and when they have so many cases, they have to prioritize so they can get it all done.

[pullquote align=”center” textalign=”center” width=”80%”]Public defenders simply don't have the time to dedicate to specific cases. They are overwhelmed by a huge case load.[/pullquote]

Why a Private Attorney is a Good Idea

Even though public defenders are excellent, caring attorneys and people, if you have been charged with a serious sex offense, it is wise to work with a private criminal defense lawyer. This is because they have enough time to dedicate to your specific case. A lawyer with a better case load will be able to contact favorable witnesses and will treat you like family. We care about our clients, and work hard to get their cases dismissed. We understand the consequences of restraining orders, like not being able to have contact with your kids, or losing your job. You need an advocate who can protect the people you love, and the things that are important to you. Private criminal defense attorneys have the time to give the attention to your unique situation.

Request a Free Consultation

If you or a loved one has been charged with a sex offense, be smart, exercise your right to remain silent, and contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the O'Malley Law Office for a free consultation at 303-830-0880. Together, we can protect your future.

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About the Author

Kyle B. Sawyer

I have a passion for defending others in criminal cases. I am able to empathize with my clients and understand their emotions and fears. I have a unique perspective on the criminal justice system and I understand what it feels like to be wrongly accused of a crime.


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