What if I am Unhappy with my Current Attorney?by James Davis (The Law Office of James Davis, P.A.)
When it comes to a defendant’s life or freedom, they can develop a strong relationship with their attorney. This is due to the fact that your life and freedom are very high stakes on top of the other penalties including financial and long term ramifications. Because the resolution of your case is of great importance, it is vital that you, as a defendant, forms a solid relationship with your attorney. As long as there is trust, honesty and a strong lawyer/client relationship are present, all through the process, it is likely that there will be a favorable resolution for your case.
So what do you do if you are not satisfied with your current attorney?
Unfortunately, there are several ways you can tell if your lawyer is not providing proper representing your rights including if your calls are not returned and if emails are ignored. There are even times when you may not be made aware of your cases status nor what your next steps may be. Clients are often left in the dark about their cases making the ability to deal with criminal charges more difficult. In cases like this, it is often best to cut your loses and find a new lawyer.
It is vital that you know that it is up to you as a defendant to make sure you are represented properly for a solid defense and that if not, you can fire your lawyer in favor of one who will give you the best representation possible and advocate for your interest from the beginning of the case to the end.
As a matter of practicality, it is crucial to handle issues like this in a way so as to not jeopardize your defense. In other words, if it is the day before your hearing and you decide to change lawyers, this could prove to be risky as a new lawyer may not have time to properly review your case and mount the best defense before trial, which might result in a negative turnout for your case. The best thing to do is to voice any dissatisfaction with your lawyer as soon as possible and find a new one in a timely fashion.
How do I change lawyers?
Changing lawyers is as simple as picking up the phone or visiting another lawyer to explain your case. Most of the time, it is only necessary that your new lawyer collects all relevant information and prepares a “Substitution of Attorney” form with the court.
Get a Second Opinion
All criminal defense lawyers at our firm fully understands that for a lawyer to not mount the best defense possible in all cases, there is no excuse. It is completely understandable that if you are not getting the proper representation, for you to seek out a new attorney. If this is the case with you, take time today to contact the Law Office of James Davis for a second opinion and to see if we can help.