Should I get a lawyer or public defender for my second MIP?
Question Details: HI am 20 years old and I just got my second MIP. I took diversion for the first one almost two years ago but I can't remember if it would have been juvenile diversion or adult diversion. I also am graduating from undergrad next Spring and I know having an MIP on your record makes it harder to get into graduate school. I also have a disorderly house ticket from 3 months ago. I am wondering if there is anything a lawyer or public defender could do in this case or if it would be pointless for me to get one?
Whether is anything a lawyer or public defender can do depends on the facts: is there anything there for them to work with? There are open and shut cases where no lawyer can help; there are cases so weak you don't need a lawyer; and there are most cases, where a good lawyer can make a difference.
Assuming there is something they could sue, hire a private lawyer: with all respect to public defenders, they are overworked, underpaid, and don't have much, if any, office staff/support and lack other resources. A private lawyer you hire, who is being specifically paid for *your* case, will generally accomplish more for you than a public defender.