The Case of a Former Convict: Public Defender

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      [Chapter Eight, Josh: Public Defender]

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      SPEAKER 1: When I first was arrested,I put down that I was indigent.I told them I was a college student.I wasn't really making much money.And so the court appointed an attorney for me.The attorney that they appointed for me was a private attorney.

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: He worked as a private criminal defense attorney.But when I was rearrested, based on the seriousnessof the offense-- because they had four classificationsof felonies in the state that I was arrested,Class A, Class B, Class C, and Class D. My first arrest,

    • 00:46

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: initially, the police told me that I was probablygoing to end up being charged with an aggravated misdemeanor.But when they realized that not only hadI had possessed the photo of the nude under-age minor,but I had taken the photograph, theycharged me with sexual exploitation of a minor, which

    • 01:07

      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: is a Class C felony.But then when the youth in questionwas interviewed by the police and saidthat I had sexual contact with him,they charged me with a class B felony.And I was explained after I was arrestedby the new public defender who was assigned to represent

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: me was that in the state where I was arrested, when anyone wasarrested on a Class A or Class B felony,a public defender had to represent them.And I'm guessing that the public defender had accessto resources that private defenseattorneys didn't because of the seriousness of the nature.

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      SPEAKER 1 [continued]: And I was actually quite pleased with the servicesthat my public defender provided for me.I mean, he was honest with me.He was straightforward.He was able to work out a deal.He was brutally honest.

The Case of a Former Convict: Public Defender

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Joshua Paul Benjamin discusses his experience with public defenders and how the seriousness of the crime determined the defender.

The Case of a Former Convict: Public Defender

Joshua Paul Benjamin discusses his experience with public defenders and how the seriousness of the crime determined the defender.

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