When should one be represented by a private rather than a public defender attorney?

While Washtenaw County Public Defenders are highly trained, experienced and skilled trial lawyers who operate as teams that specialize in criminal law and local court processes, their services are provided only or primarily for those who do not have sufficient financial means to hire their own private counsel. Thus, anyone who can afford to hire a private attorney should do so. The Office of Public Defender is also an integral part of county government and has a smooth working relationship with all of the major components of the local criminal justice system. The competent and dedicated trial lawyers who comprise the staff of the Office can be relied upon to provide top notch defense as a calling and to fight zealously for what is in the best interests of their clients.

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1. Who is the Public Defender for Washtenaw County?
2. Who is my attorney?
3. When should one be represented by a private rather than a public defender attorney?
4. What is the relationship between the Public Defender and the Prosecutor?
5. How can I be appointed a Public Defender on a Misdemeanor case?
6. How can I get a Public Defender on a Felony case?
7. What if I hire a private attorney and run out of money before the case is over?
8. What if I do not have an attorney but have questions about a criminal matter?