Should a defendant hire a Private Attorney to handle his appeal? OR,
Free representation by the Office of the Public Defender?
Basically, if you are a defendant and entitled to representation by a Public Defender, the answer depends on how important getting a person’s time and attention is to you.
The public defender generally has well trained appellate attorneys on staff, but there are only so many of them and they are each required to handle heavy caseloads. Public defenders can represent their clients extremely well, but they are not in a position to provide personalized attention to an incarcerated defendant.
As private attorneys, the McClintock Law Firm keeps its caseload low so that each client receives the attention he or she needs.
We visit clients who are in custody regularly and ask for the client’s opinion as to what they thought might have been done incorrectly or seemed unfair during the district court trial. It’s Your Case. YOU should have an opportunity to give your opinion and be heard. We can help.
What should you look for if you are searching for an appellate attorney?
In a word: Experience.
McClintock Law Firm has attorneys with more than 20 years of appellate experience before the Colorado Court of Appeals, the Colorado Supreme Court and the Wyoming Supreme Court.
In addition to experience, make sure your private attorney candidates have published opinions for cases the attorney has argued. Not all appellate decisions are published; usually only opinions where new ideas or areas of the law are addressed get published.
If the attorney you are considering has published opinions, that means the attorney is one who looks for new or different arguments to present on appeal and will be doing the same in the case that is important to you. Published opinions normally come at the State Supreme Court level. Not all attorneys have the capability and/or experience in managing to the Colorado Supreme Court.
Make sure your attorney has the ability and experience to take your important case as high as it needs to go in fighting for your freedom.
To connect with an experienced attorney with published opinions and years of State Supreme Court experience, start here by scheduling a Free Case Evaluation.
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