Can you hire private counsel after being assigned a public defender if you are charged in California? 15 Answers as of March 16, 2011

Can you hire private counsel after being assigned a public defender if you are being charged in California?

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LynchLaw
LynchLaw | Michael Thomas Lynch
Yes you can. You are not stuck with any assigned Public Defender. I have substituted in as private counsel for a public defender on many occasions.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/16/2011
Nelson & Lawless
Nelson & Lawless | Terry Nelson
Of course you can. If you qualified for PD, the question is how you can pay for private counsel. Hopefully, you didn't lie on the financial application to the court. Now, if serious about hiring counsel, feel free to contact me to discuss.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/16/2011
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg
Law Office of Eric Sterkenburg | Eric Sterkenburg
You may hire private council at any time during the court proceedings. Most of the time the public defender will welcome Council substituting in.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/15/2011
Srai Law Office
Srai Law Office | Gurjit Singh Srai, Esq.
You will be able to hire private counsel after you have been appointed a public defender. Your private attorney will have to enter an appearance in your case.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/15/2011
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider
Law Office of Peter F. Goldscheider | Peter Goldscheider
You can hire an attorney to substitute in for the court appointed counsel a t any time as long as it is reasonably soon and does not unduly delay the case so I would do so as soon as possible.
Answer Applies to: California
Replied: 3/15/2011
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco
    The Law Offices of Victor J Mazzaraco | Victor J Mazzaraco
    Yes. Substitution of attorneys is a common thing, and easy to execute.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/15/2011
    Law Offices of Philip P. De Luca
    Law Offices of Philip P. De Luca | Philip De Luca
    Yes, you can hire a private attorney after being assigned a public defender in the State of California. It is your choice. The private attorney will substitute himself or herself in and the public defender out at the first hearing he or she attends.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/15/2011
    Bird & Van Dyke, Inc.
    Bird & Van Dyke, Inc. | Mary Ann Bird
    You have a right to hire your own attorney. The private attorney can simply substitute in and relieve the public defender. Good luck.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/15/2011
    Law Offices of Michael Stephenson
    Law Offices of Michael Stephenson | Michael Stephenson
    Yes, as a general matter, your constitutional right to an attorney also affords you the right to CHOOSE your attorney (so long as you are willing to pay his or her fees).
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/15/2011
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh
    Law Office of Jeff Yeh | Jeff Yeh
    Of course! The PD would love for a private attorney to sub in and relieve the PD's heavy burden.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/15/2011
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang
    Law Office of Tracey S. Sang | Tracey Sang
    Of course! You may retain counsel at any time during the proceedings. The longer you wait, however, the less likely the court will be to grant you more time for the attorney to get up to speed. Also, it is sometimes impossible to undo something the previous attorney did that the new attorney disagrees with.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/15/2011
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C.
    Dennis Roberts, a P.C. | Dennis Roberts
    Yes. The P.D. will be glad to get one more case off his/her desk.However, if you have used the services of the P.D. for part of the case they may make you pay some amount to compensate them for having appointed the PD in the first place. But you can always hire private counsel.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/15/2011
    Desert Defenders
    Desert Defenders | John Jimenez
    Yes, you have a constitutional right to the attorney of your choice at almost any stage of the case.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/15/2011
    Law Offices of Phil Hache
    Law Offices of Phil Hache | Phil Hache
    Yes, and it happens all the time. Once you hire private counsel, they will then "substitute in" as the Attorney of Record. Usually that is done at the next scheduled hearing, but sometimes private counsel will "advance" the hearing in order to officially substitute in.
    Answer Applies to: California
    Replied: 3/15/2011
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