How is viewed if you work in a Public Defender's office but then decided to go solo criminal defense?
I believe this is the track I want to take.
Happens all the time with prosecutors and no one really has bad things to say b/c it's just a normal thing to happen so not likely it'll look bad to go PD to private practice. Public interest criminal pratice and being a prosecutor overall aren't that great and only suit certain types of people. Lawyers understand that so for them to look at it poorly makes no sense. You gotta do what makes most sense to you and honestly, being able to have a chance to make some money matters.
Thanks. My current thought is that being in a Public Defender office will provide a plethora of experience in defense. Being in private practice is the goal, just want to get feet wet first. Private practice will hopefully pay the bills + more.
Additional question. How is the pay for a criminal defense attorney in a large city like Memphis or Atlanta? Is it extremely competitive to retain clients? It seems in smaller towns with fewer lawyer where everyone knows each other, it is easier?