Public defenders work for the government and get paid by the government in order to provide representation for people who don’t have the funds or the means necessary to hire private lawyers. A public defender works for the government the same government entity that is also prosecuting you for a crime. A private lawyer is completely different. A private lawyer works for himself, there in private practice, they are trained to represent individuals on a private level private setting. When you go into their office and is not a government office, it is not an office in the court house, it is an outside office. The main difference is public defenders are usually inundated with a huge number of cases because they’re working for the government. A private lawyer gets to set his own rules his own standards. Private lawyers typically provide a higher level of service to customers because there are private lawyers and you pay for them so they have more time more resources to put into your case.