Reasons to Choose a Private Attorney over a Public Defender

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Eduardo Paredes

Attorney Eduardo Paredes has been practicing criminal and immigration law in California for approximately 15 years practicing both in state and federal criminal courts. Attorney Eduardo Paredes shares his knowledge and insight on a live call-in radio program on L.A.’s AM 690 from 5 a.m. to 6 a.m. Attorney Eduardo Paredes answers questions relating to immigration and criminal law.

With reference to using a public defender instead of a private attorney, Attorney Eduardo Paredes notes that though public defenders may provide competent legal representation, they are often burdened with a heavy caseload, which limits the amount of time they can spend on each case. Many do not have the time to properly investigate the charges against the accused.

In contrast, private attorneys, such as Attorney Eduardo Paredes, are able to tailor a case specific strategy in your case. This involves investigating the criminal allegations, using investigators with years of experience in the professional law enforcement sector. This allows Attorney Eduardo Paredes to gain a unique perspective and develop a defense from the vantage point of the prosecution. In turn, Attorney Eduardo Paredes is able to readily identify issues that may aide in his client’s defense.

When a defendant is arrested, the police prepare a police report which is usually prepared after the initial investigation of the crime. However, the police may miss a witness who may have crucial information that benefits an accused’s defense. Also, Attorney Eduardo Paredes is able to offer insight in his cases given his vast experience in federal law because often times, a criminal case may be dismissed if the evidence ascertained does not prove that the accused committed an offense proscribed by law. Attorney Eduardo Paredes has used his vast experience in legal analysis of criminal statutes to find defenses to cases where other practitioners may be oblivious to.

The reason that Attorney Eduardo Paredes is able to engage in such legal analysis of criminal statutes is because his years of experience of practicing immigration law, which intersects with criminal law, has helped him develop these skills to the benefit of his clients.

Attorney Eduardo Paredes has successfully obtained NOT GUILTY verdicts and dismissal of charges based on his experience in federal and state criminal and immigration law. Call Attorney Eduardo Paredes at (310) 855-9444 and visit him at and


Activists Protest January Raids

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Eduardo Paredes, a privately practicing attorney in Los Angeles, focuses on criminal as well as immigration matters. Eduardo Paredes has offered counsel on a broad range of deportation cases and maintains an in-depth knowledge of current immigration law.

After a series of raids against immigrant families from Central America, advocacy groups have joined forces to express their outrage. In early February, the White House received a letter from a collective of more than 75 individual organizations, including the Fair Immigration Reform Movement (FIRM), calling for temporary protective status for at-risk individuals. These groups also denounced the inhumane nature of the raids, which have threatened relations between the White House and Latino communities.

President Barack Obama had previously attempted to ease relations with Latino groups by implementing a program that would allow undocumented immigrants to gain work permits, though this program has since been suspended. However, many communities feel that the 2016 raids have broken a tenuous trust by targeting women and children at risk of physical harm in their home countries. The White House has responded to criticism by seeking out alternative solutions for those fleeing Central America, while opponents to the raids continued to speak out and demand an end to deportation of those who seek safety in the United States.

Criminal Defenders Protect Constitutional Rights

Criminal defense attorneys play a crucial role in protecting a defendant’s constitutional rights and upholding the justice system. Over the course of a case, the criminal defense counsel must investigate and challenge any instances of constitutional violations by authorities, including any unconstitutional search or seizure, illicit statements, forced confessions, or any other infirmities during the investigation of a criminal case.

Attorney Eduardo Paredes has practiced law for 12 years. Through his years of experience in criminal and immigration law, Attorney Eduardo Paredes has defended people charged with a crime from arrest through jury trial. Attorney Eduardo Paredes has experience in readily identifying constitutional issues that affect his client’s cases. Attorney Eduardo Paredes’ experience in representing criminal defendants has been critical in helping his clients get released or exonerated based on the strong advocacy skills that Attorney Eduardo Paredes has gotten over years of experience.

Criminal law relies on thorough investigation by the police or the law enforcement agency that is assigned to the case. A criminal defense attorney can identify problems with an investigation that may be challenged in court in order to assure that an accused is afforded due process of law. Many times, an attorney can gain a favorable result for his client by challenging issues that arise during the course of a criminal investigation. This is one reason why it is important to that an accused retain the services of a criminal defense attorney as soon as they know that they are the subject of a criminal investigation.

Asylum as Relief from DHS Removal

Eduardo Paredes has spent the last 12 years as a Los Angeles-based attorney who handles criminal cases and areas of immigration law. Eduardo Paredes hosts a daily radio show on the AM dial during the week wherein he informs listeners about immigration law and criminal law issues.

1. What is the difference between using the public defender or hiring my own private attorney?

Although the public defenders are available to people who cannot afford the services of an attorney, it is always in the accused’s best interest to hire private counsel. Public defenders are attorneys competent to practice law. However, given the large case-loads that public defenders have, and given the unique posture of each case, an accused may achieve superior results by hiring an attorney who will concentrate their efforts for the benefit of the accused. Many times, the difference between a successful result or a negative result in your criminal case, boils down to how much time your attorney will be able to devote to your case in developing a case strategy, a theory of a case, and in thoroughly investigating the facts of the case.

2. What can a private attorney do that a public defender cannot do?

A private attorney is interested in knowing what your expectations and goals are from the beginning. Since criminal convictions will likely have collateral consequences, such as immigration consequences, or the loss of civil rights, when you hire a private attorney, the attorney will want your input to know what your priority is in the representation. This in turn allows the attorney to resolve your case with your goals in mind. This is critical given the fact that the criminal consequences of an arrest can remain at issue even after your case is complete in court.