Sitting in local district courts around Michigan, waiting to represent a retained client, I am often surprised at how many people ask for a court appointed attorney. There is a time and a place for such representation for truly indigent defendants, those unemployed, uneducated or homeless. If you're wearing Christian Louboutin shoes, toting a Louie Vuitton handbag, or wearing a Brooks Brothers suit in court, you should not be requesting a court appointed attorney, because you are clearly not an indigent person .
You get what you pay for. A Michigan court appointed attorney will meet you for the first time at court along with the 20 -50 other persons requesting a "free" attorney. You will wait, and can plan to spending many hours waiting and on being the last person called into court. You will watch retained counsel avoid the long lines and cut right in to the front of the line to speak to the prosecutor. Retained attorneys cases are most often called first in the courtroom. If time is money to you, and you have a plane to catch or conference calls to make you will be frustrated with having a court appointed attorney.
The truth about the "free" part is that it is not free. You will be court ordered to pay a set amount to the court for a court appointed Michigan attorney that you did not select, that spent only a few minutes on ascertaining the facts of your case, and will likely never speak to you again. If you are ordered to pay 500.00 for your " free" attorney then this is a court order, failure to pay can be violation of a court order which means you can be held in contempt of court.
Having a criminal charge is a serious matter and it is not time to be cheap. An experienced Michigan criminal attorney knows the system and can navigate their client through it. If you want a caring and compassionate person who will take the time to listen to your story , research the law and make the best possible suggestion for a positive resolution, consider retaining your own attorney.
Michael Kors and Christian Loubatoin may be great designers, and if it is important to look your best then use the same philosophy when you select your Michigan criminal defense lawyer.
A Michigan criminal conviction will be with you a lot longer than those pair of Louboutins.