BY BUDDY NEVINS
Are criminal defense attorneys losing business to the Public Defenders Office? Are defendents with money being illegally represented by PDs, who are only suppose to represent the poor?
Attorney Ralph Behr wants to find out. Below is a memo he e-mailed throughout the legal community today.
Is Behr carrying the water for the bail bonds industry? Does he have a point?
January 26, 2010
From: Ralph Behr
The Board of Directors
Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
TO; The Board of Directors FACDL
I request the following resolution be placed before the Board for acts:
Resolved: The Board should act to endorse and support Senator Crist’s investigation into the Public Defender’s acceptance of non-indigent clients.
In Broward County the P.D.’s office is jails doing pre-interview intakes and assisting in the preparation of affidavits of indigency.
Go to the Florida Bar News’ article.
Go to the following Blog entry of mine.
Ask any Broward criminal attorney what they know about the local Public Defender’s Office and the rate of non-indigent clients.
The rate of fraud in “indigent” Public Defender clients is not known and should be investigated.
I encourage the Board to act to support Senator Victor Crist in his efforts and to have our own lobbyist act on this issue now.
Ralph S. Behr, P.A.
888 S.E. Third Avenue, Suite 400
Fort Lauderdale , FL 33316