While some attorneys will laugh at the thought of working as a public defender, many choose this type of employment as they enjoy helping those who are unable to afford $200 an hour for an attorney. The public defender is a state employee and an attorney that has little say over who he or she represents. Some of the time, the attorney working in such an office will find that he or she is stuck with the most terrible criminals that could not afford their own representation.
Other times, the cases that come through the office are family issues, such as protection of children. It is often these cases that bring attorneys to work in a public defender's office of their own will. Then again, there are some attorneys who simply cannot find employment anywhere else and simply do not have any other choice. For those who want to eventually move on, the public defender's office is a great place to learn a few good lessons and to get the hang of things. When considering whether or not you would like this type of employment for an extended period of time, you may want to think about the salary. Attorneys who work at the defenders office generally do not make a lot of money, at least not in comparison to other attorneys.
If helping those in need who are not are fortunate as those with more money, you may find a lot of personal satisfaction in this line of work. Family cases that come into these types of offices are generally the most touching that you will ever come across. You are their only hope in getting the justice that they need and deserve. Even though your clients will not have as much money as other people, they deserve to have their rights and their family held together and protected. You are generally their last chance.
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