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NCJ Number: NCJ 241647     Find in a Library
Title: Is It Legal Representation or Clients? : An Empirical Testing of Clients’ Performance and Their Legal Representation in Tulsa County Drug and DUI Programs
Journal: American Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:37  Issue:4  Dated:Winter 2012  Pages:544 to 561
Author(s): Bin Liang ; Michael A. Long ; Wendy Brame
Date Published: 2012
Page Count: 18
Document: HTML 
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In this study the authors attempt to test the impact of legal representation (public defender vs private counsel) on a group of participants in Tulsa County DUI and Drug programs in Oklahoma.
Abstract: The importance of legal representation to a criminal defendant is widely accepted, but the quality of government-provided counsels (particularly public defenders) has continuously been questioned. Based on data from Tulsa County DUI and Drug programs in Oklahoma, the authors tested the impact of legal representation (public defender versus private counsel) on clients’ performance in program, measured by plea terms and program outcome. Initial bivariate analyses showed disparate effect of legal representation, as clients represented by private counsels received better plea terms and fared better in program outcome. This effect, however, disappeared once other variables were controlled. Instead, factors closely related to the clients themselves (e.g., demographic features and their criminal behaviors) significantly impacted their program performance. Abstract published by arrangement with Springer.
Main Term(s): Court appointed counsel
Index Term(s): Drug treatment programs ; Driving Under the Influence (DUI) ; Public defenders ; Attorneys ; Oklahoma
   
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