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GENERAL INFORMATION Re: APPOINTED vs. RETAINED/HIRED COUNSEL IN CRIMINAL & OTHER CASES

Any attorney who accepts appointments in any type of case is expected to adhere to the same standards as they would if they were hired.  And in many cases there are advantages to having a court-appointed attorney.  However, it is a common question to ask whether an appointed attorney will do the same quality job compared to if they were hired.  


Whether appointed or hired, it is my ethical and moral duty to do the best job possible for my clients.  I would recommend being wary of any attorney or law firm making promises or guarantees of dismissals or certain outcomes of any case because those things are not completely within any attorney's control, and is unethical. 


Certainly, the goal is the best outcome for my clients, with a dismissal or not guilty verdict being the best, but it would be entirely unethical to promise those results in any case. What I can promise, ethically and morally,  is to do the best job possible for my clients.