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Court-Appointed Attorney vs. Private Attorney part 2

Your lawyer is supposed to be your advocate. To advocate means to defend, support or argue for the cause of another person. Some have “heard about court-appointed lawyers” in a negative way. Others are frustrated or disappointed with a court-appointed attorney (public defender) assigned to their case and want to know how a private attorney can make a difference.

In general, our callers describe their court-appointed attorney as failing to communicate and failing to advocate.

Common Failures to Communicate

“My court-appointed lawyer…
–          is hard to reach.”
–          is not available to answer my concerns.”
–          does not return my phone calls.”
–          does not meet with me.”
–          does not tell me what is happening in court.“
–          hasn’t had a real conversation with me about my case.”

Common Failures to Advocate

“My court-appointed lawyer…
–          is not defending me against the charges. “
–          doesn’t talk to me between court appearances.”
–          doesn’t look into the facts that help my case.”
–          just wants me to plead guilty.”
–          is not very skilled in court.”

Change is possible for the defendant whose case is still pending in court. Take immediate steps to hire a proven and experienced private lawyer. Once a case has resulted in conviction, most of the damage is usually permanent. A select few will qualify for record clearance after a waiting period of 3 years or more. Fewer will qualify to have their conviction(s) reduced to a lesser offense.

Court-Appointed Attorney vs. Private Attorney part 1

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Mark C. Cogan, P.C., of Portland, Oregon, represents individuals charged with crimes throughout Oregon, including central Oregon, northern Oregon, Pacific Coast communities and the Willamette River valley, including Clackamas County, Washington County, Multnomah County, Columbia County, Marion County, Tillamook County, Clatsop County, Lincoln County, Lane County, Linn County and Benton County and the cities of Salem, Lake Oswego, Gresham, Oregon City, Tigard, Beaverton, Hillsboro, Tualatin, Milwaukie, West Linn, The Dalles and Clackamas.

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