District Attorneys Needed

@Marcyaz (35670)
United States
September 15, 2015 7:13am CST
When a person is said to have commited a crime and has no means to pay an attorney one will be appointed to them by the District Attorneys office either an assistant or a deputy district attorney. Some States do not have enough assistant District Attorneys. There are States who are making the defendant pay a fee for this service . One reason a lot of people from the DA's office go into private practice is because of long hours and low pay. Have you ever had to deal with The District Attorney's office for any reason?
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@topffer (34159)
• France
15 Sep 15
I studied criminal law, and I always found your system a bit weird. It is difficult to understand how a district attorney who is supposed to defend the interest of the state against people can appoint a lawyer for these people. Here it is done by the president of the local bar association and the lawyer earns a fixed amount from the state. It is also a low pay, but they cannot refuse the defense of the designated person.
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15 Sep 15
The D.A. doesn't do it here, she has her information confused somehow.
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
15 Sep 15
Nope they cannot refuse to defend someone as it is in our Constitution that everyone should have a lawyer.
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
15 Sep 15
@PhredWreck In some of the States they do it
@LadyDuck (157603)
• Switzerland
15 Sep 15
No I have not, anyway our legislation is different. When people cannot pay for an attorney, the President of the lawyers association appoints a lawyer who will be paid from the State. I am sure that this way people get a better assistance.
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@PhredWreck (6051)
15 Sep 15
An attorney appointed to represent someone who can't afford them is not a District Attorney. Likewise, not all people charged with a crime that can not afford an attorney are legally allowed to have one appointed. If the prosecutor specifies that no jail time is being asked for, and merely a fine, then the right to an attorney is not in effect.
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15 Sep 15
The D.A,'s office is the one that prosecutes criminals, acting as an attorney on behalf of the state. The public defender's office supplies attorneys for those unable to afford one. Most attorneys are appointed by a Judge.
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@topffer (34159)
• France
15 Sep 15
@PhredWreck Thank you for the explanation. I knew that it was not a DA assistant, but I did not knew who was designating an attorney in this case. It looks fair for me if it is designated by another office or a judge.
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@topffer (34159)
• France
15 Sep 15
@PhredWreck Lol, Lamb, you got me with your new avatar.
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@GardenGerty (99349)
• United States
15 Sep 15
There is an office of the Public Defender that does that, not the DA. I am not questioning that we are short of both District Attorneys and Public Defenders, though.
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
15 Sep 15
In some States it is done differently.
@jaboUK (53936)
• United Kingdom
15 Sep 15
I've never had any dealings of this sort at all, I'm glad to say. I suppose you can't blame the District Attorneys for going private.
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
15 Sep 15
NO as they would like to make a decent living.
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@Rosekitty (19441)
• San Marcos, Texas
15 Sep 15
thankfully i never had to deal with any of that stuff.got close to it but never had to use one..
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@celticeagle (118255)
• Boise, Idaho
15 Sep 15
No, I have never needed this service. Things sure are changing all over. Services are changing into charges.
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• United States
15 Sep 15
Yes just once for something that happened to my sister. I was a witness to her bf punching her face. When I went to the court to witness the DA said I didnt need to as he had done a deal with the criminal because the criminal had some other thing going on. I was mad.
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@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
15 Sep 15
They make too many deals. The person needs to pay for what they do.
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• United States
15 Sep 15
@Susan2015 Yes they do..it always is just a way for them to get away with what they did.
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@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
15 Sep 15
@TiarasOceanView You know, the rich always try to get off whether innocent or not. They try to buy the whole thing.
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@fufurinha (11520)
• Portugal
16 Sep 15
No and I don't want to!
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@Marcyaz (35670)
• United States
17 Sep 15
haha I don't want to either.
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@fufurinha (11520)
• Portugal
18 Sep 15
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@vandana7 (64935)
• India
15 Sep 15
In a country that is as litigant as the US, and where laws are much better than in India, attorneys will earn well. Out here, we call them pleaders who sit under the tree, because they don't get clients. All clients want only successful pleaders.
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@cacay1 (32915)
• Cagayan De Oro, Philippines
20 Apr 16
In our city, we have free lawyer to defend those who do not have money to hire a private lawyer. They are group of lawyers paid by government.
@inertia4 (27674)
• United States
16 Sep 15
Luckily I never had to deal with that at all in my life. I didn't know there was a shortage of district attorneys. And I believe most lawyers go into private practice because of the money, no doubt.
@simone10 (21657)
• Louisville, Kentucky
16 Sep 15
No, fortunately I have never had to deal with a district attorney.
@allknowing (65162)
• India
16 Sep 15
I would rather compromise than go through those long winded hearings and stuff.
@Susan2015 (20579)
• United States
15 Sep 15
No and I hope I don't have to. Our legal system is messed up. All however, should be entitled to a good defense whether rich or poor.