Public Defenders and Your DMV Case

Interviewer: In terms of public defenders, I’ve heard they have tremendous case loads and I’ve also heard that they may not even be able to help you with the driver’s license issues you’re facing because it’s not a criminal matter, it’s civil. Is that correct?

Shannon: That’s correct. They aren’t required to represent you at these hearings at all. So even if you get a public defender not only or you’re mostly likely at your first appearance you’re going to be past that time period that they can contest your license suspensions but they aren’t required to represent the defendant or the person at that time. They’re just required to appear for them at their court hearing and their court appearances and since the DMV proceeding is not a court appearance they’re not going to be there. Unless they decide to do it out of the kindness of their hearts and like you said with their case load, chances are they’re not.

Shannon I. Wilson, Esq.

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