“…lawyers in criminal courts are necessities, not luxuries.”[i] For many “blue collar,” working class Americans, hiring the best and brightest criminal defense attorneys is simply impossible because it is too expensive. Most people simply do not have a few thousand dollars sitting in a bank account to hire an attorney and pay for the best defense. Adding this unwanted anxiety to the already great strain of being prosecuted, and you have a recipe for devastating effects on the accused and their family.
In 1963, the Unites States Supreme Court handed down Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 83 S.Ct. 792, 9 L.Ed.2d 799 (1963). Going forward from then Gideon, the Supreme Court interpreting the Sixth Amendment held that it was required that indigent persons accused of criminal offenses which may result in incarceration would be entitled to an appointed attorney paid for by the government. It was an attempt to level the playing field and, for a long-time, it did.
What happens when the person is not quite indigent or poor, but not that much better off either? They have a good job and make a decent living but cannot afford to drop a few thousand dollars in an instant to retain an attorney (or the attorney does not want to do an interest free loan payment plan). What do they do? And, what happens to that person who is making it in society, but barely holding their own? It goes without saying that they would want the best attorney they could afford if the court is not inclined to appoint because the accused is slightly more affluent than indigent. The whole thing is downright terrifying.
In some instances, the person borrows money from a family member or friend. Or maybe holds a car wash, rakes leaves, mows lawns, or conducts a neighborhood bake sale. Or worse, opens a high interest credit card (provided he or she can) to try to pay for good representation. Sometimes, the person or their family turns to some sort of crowdfunding. In many cases, desperate times call for desperate measures. And with desperation comes all the anxiety (on top of defending oneself).
Well please breathe a long sigh of relief because there is finally a reasonable solution to the nightmarish problem that faces many persons accused of crimes. Introducing the Discount Legal Plan.[ii] Discount Legal Plan is finance assistance for ordinary, “blue-collar,” working class people (who are employed and doing alright, but do not have any disposable income to drop on an attorney.) Discount Legal Plan is here to provide a pathway to assistance to pay the legal fees for criminal defense, appeals, and post-conviction matters. Medical services have companies like CareCredit® that provide funding for procedures; criminal legal matters now have Discount Legal Plan.
Essentially, it is legal credit service for the accused. The plan is reasonable and understands that people need help with their legal bills. With a simple application and some limited documentation, the accused or their family can pay for a legal defense up front. The fee is then spread over many months with a marginal interest rate in payment amounts the accused or their family can reasonably pay over time. With the legal fee paid, the accused and their family, and the attorney can focus all of their energies on the defense instead of how do we pay for this representation.[iii]
It truly levels the playing field because now everyone can hire and afford the best criminal defense or appellate attorneys. No longer are the most expensive defense or appellate attorneys relegated to the rich, affluent, or well-to-do (and, therefore, out of reach for most folks). Now everyone can hire the best and brightest. Discount Legal Plan offers piece of mind in a scary time. Discount Legal Plan allows the accused to focus on the defense or the appeal instead of focusing on whether the attorney will get paid and can we afford it.
“There’s no dollar sign on a piece of mind this I’ve come to know…”[iv]
NOTE: Most assistant public defenders are super litigators that fight day in and day out for their clients. They are truly tireless legal warriors, but there are limits to what they can do to assist the accused. Mainly, there are only so many assistant public defenders to go around. There are only so many brave individuals to fight for the accused or stand with the damned. And that main resource is strained every day because the public defenders are not allowed to pick and choose who they represent. If they get appointed (and there is no ethical conflict), and the “green light” flashes, then off they go to defend that soul like a paratrooper out the door of the plane. The Trial Dog was an assistant public defender in Tampa for the better part of ten years in the major crimes division handling homicides and sex offenses before moving on to other endeavors.
Anthony Candela is the Trial Dog and a three-time Board-Certified criminal trial attorney. He opened the Candela Law Firm, P.A. in 2014 and handles criminal trials and appeals (as well as estate planning, wills, and trusts). He received his J.D. from Duquesne University School of Law in 2000 and his B.A. in Political Science from King’s College in 1996. As an expert in criminal law and procedure, he has tried over a hundred cases to verdict. Since 2008, he has been certified and recertified by the Florida Bar in Criminal Trial three times. He has also argued several dozen appeals. In the federal system, he is admitted to the Middle District of Florida and the Eleventh Circuit Court of Appeal. #candelalawfirm #thetrialdog @candelalawfirm @thetrialdog
THE CHOICE OF ATTORNEY MATTERS. IN A CLOSE CASE, YOU WANT EVERY ADVANTAGE YOU CAN GET. YOU WANT THE BEST YOU CAN AFFORD. If you are looking for representation in a criminal matter, we believe we can help you. Please contact www.candelalawfirm.com or Anthony Candela at (813) 417-3645 to discuss your case.
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[i] Gideon v. Wainwright, 372 U.S. 335, 83 S.Ct. 792, 9 L.Ed.2d 799 (1963)
[iii] The defense, appellate, or post-conviction attorney likes that the quoted fee is paid up front. With a completely paid fee, the attorney can focus on the case. The attorney does not have to chase down the client for payments (or worse – does not have to withdraw for contractual dissatisfaction).
[iv] Zac Brown Band (“Chicken Fried”)