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Q. “Has crime gone up, and do you have many more clients, since the economy weakened?” A. “Yes, and no, and here is why,” explains Ft. Lauderdale criminal defense lawyer John M. Castellano

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“The Public Defender’s clients multiply when there’s little to no money floating around the economy, as even those who used to have money, can no longer afford private counsel when they’re arrested, or if their kids get arrested.” Ft. Lauderdale criminal attorney John Castellano

“The judges routinely appoint public defenders these days without conducting the required colloquy that is necessary before making a fully informed decision on the individual’s finances, i.e., that the individual accused is ‘indigent,’ meaning, that the accused is poor enough to NOT have the ability to pay for a private lawyer, with a real NEED for a taxpayer-funded, public defender. Today, the judges too often cavalierly appoint the public defender even for the folks who drove to court in their BMW’s and luxury model cars; and though the judges may not know the make and model of the defendant’s car, they can certainly quickly see that the defendant who is appearing right in front of them is dressed very nicely, and may be able to afford a private lawyer.” — Florida federal criminal defense attorney John Castellano

“This is a problem for everyone as you might imagine, since it overburdens the Public Defender’s Office and the young lawyers who are often out of law school only a few years, and let’s face it, this obviously diminishes business for the private defense Bar, which nobody but the private lawyers care about, we know; but worse yet, it then hurts the taxpayers (ALL OF YOU) who end up paying through the nose in increased taxes in order to fund the exorbitant expense and defense for ALL of the accused criminal defendants.” Florida criminal defense lawyer John Castellano

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About the Author:

John M. Castellano is a Fort Lauderdale criminal defense attorney who has helped thousands of clients throughout Florida. While building a reputation as a premiere Fort Lauderdale DUI attorney, Mr. Castellano has worked tirelessly to develop strategies to best protect the rights of those arrested for DUI in Broward, Dade and West Palm. However, Mr. Castellano is not just a drunk driving lawyer. He has been a successful domestic violence attorney, drug trafficking attorney, as well as all other Felony and Misdemeanor cases.

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