Celebrating 10 years! 2007-2017

Paging any SoCal criminal defense attorneys

Anybody doing court appointed work? As the handle indica shitlawsf10/05/17
I have a friend who has been licensed for a long time and is ambulancechaser201310/05/17
10 years is a boat load of experience. ambulancechaser201310/05/17
San Diego county is also very competitive, similar to what i frida210/06/17
Thanks for the insight. It sounds harder than San Francisco shitlawsf10/06/17
shitlawsf (Oct 5, 2017 - 9:12 pm)

Anybody doing court appointed work?

As the handle indicates, I did this work in San Francisco - for 10 years - before decamping to browner pastures in the desert Southwest to take not one but two different PD jobs in the last three years. For reasons too dull to recount here, I want to go back home to California. But this time, SF is a second choice due to the stupid high rents.

So, what's it like in LA? How about San Diego? Orange County? Riverside? I have funds to last a year, but only just.

Give me hope!

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ambulancechaser2013 (Oct 5, 2017 - 10:42 pm)

I have a friend who has been licensed for a long time and is associated with a big wig criminal defense attorney in Los Angeles. Bottom line, is he tells me court appointed work is on getting on panels. In L.A. County it's this thing: https://www.lacba.org/resources/indigent-criminal-defense-appointments. (I think there is a wait list for like 6 months. Not sure though.)

That's the "panel." Back in the 1990s judges would appoint you directly. He said that does not happen anymore, though he did have a criminal court judge appoint him to a special case.

I think you should apply to the L.A. County Public Defenders Office. You seem to have the experience. I do not know anything about Riverside, San Bernardino, Orange, or Ventura Counties.

Call the LA County Bar and put your name on the list with your experience: the cases you've tried (jury trials and bench trials and results). I think you will get something.

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ambulancechaser2013 (Oct 5, 2017 - 10:43 pm)

10 years is a boat load of experience.

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frida2 (Oct 6, 2017 - 9:17 pm)

San Diego county is also very competitive, similar to what is described above for LA county. Plus there isn't much appointed work because San Diego already has a regular public defender and alternative public defender. Unless you can get on the federal panel, which is even more competitive.


However, I know of non -rockstar attorneys who have gotten on the panel in Riverside county. COL is cheaper there too.

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shitlawsf (Oct 6, 2017 - 10:06 pm)

Thanks for the insight. It sounds harder than San Francisco was in the early aughts. I applied to the PD and alternate PD in LA. I interviewed for both and got on the eligible lists for both. But so far, no offers.

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