I'm dead as poop x2 becuase I'm also black.
On average Public defenders are over worked and underpaid. But if I cannot afford an attorney I'd have to use one.
I don't get the bad wrap on public defenders. I know for a fact that getting a PD job is pretty competitive at least in major parts of the country. It's not a fallback for shitty graduates. It also takes a certain mentality knowing that you're going to be representing murders, rapists, and people who are more than likely guilty. A lot of lawyers wouldn't want anything to do with that. Long days, low pay, and none of the glamour of being a lawyer yet these people are willing to do it.
Or people could always represent themselves. There are things called libraries.
Public defenders are a joke. They would throw their mother out of a train. You better have a atty