Overwhelmed by Work, a Missouri Public Defender’s Office is Forced to Close

Every Public Defender’s office in the Country is overloaded with too much work and struggle to effectively represent their clients. Armed with only tight budgets and short staffs, public defenders work tirelessly to try and effectively defend the poor arrested for misdemeanors and felonies. Today, the American Bar Association has reported that one public defenders office in Missouri has been forced to stop taking new clients.

The department hopes that this will be a temporary measure but this is not the first time that they have had to shut their doors. It is still unclear what will happen to newly arrested clients who need public representation. The story also fails to report how many cases each Missouri public defender was handling and what number of cases became one too many. I have previously discussed the extraordinary number of cases that Rhode Island public defenders handle including over 1500 misdemeanors per year and several hundred felonies!!

The greatest criminal defense attorneys in the world simply can not handle that type of caseload with the aggressiveness and efficiency that criminal defense requires. That is why it is important to hire a private attorney if you have been arrested for a misdemeanor or felony in Rhode Island or Massachusetts. The public defenders may be highly capable attorneys but they simply have no time to afford your case the attention it deserves.

If you have been arrested for DUI, marijuana possession, disorderly conduct, or more serious charges such as cocaine and heroin possession, assault and battery, or breaking and entering, it is imperative that you contact my office right away so that we can begin to aggressively defend your case and work towards a dismissal.


The Law Office of Joseph Lamy is experienced in handling all manner of criminal cases and attacks each case to find weaknesses that may result in a dismissal or acquittal. Contact my office right away for a free consultation.