OK OK don't beat yourself, first of all. You're not stupid at all. You are not a lawyer. You hired a lawyer, he gave you advice and you listened. How is that stupid? How are you supposed to know what to ask/do/say? It's not that certain lawyer don't care about their clients I think that some lawyers don't think about all of the things that make up clients, like, personal things and god forbid, real feelings and tradegies and hard times make things difficult for clients. IN situations like that it is that attorney's job to be conscious of your fragility and make sure you know what is going on. It really isn't your duty to somehow magically know the law so well that you are able to discern what is even the right questions to ask. Sometimes, though, it is your job to say when you don't know what the question is. Which is what you are doing now. Therefore it might be a good idea first and foremost to contact that attorney and renew some conversations and I"ll explain why. When you hire a lawyer or even if the lawyer is appointed to you for free, a fiduciary relationship is formed which means a relationship of trust between the lawyer and you. The lawyer is bound ethically to certain duties of loyalty to you. Just like your doctor can't just up and leave you hanging without your medication, your lawyer can't abandon you either. Therefore, I would argue that although it may seem that your case is over, it isn't as far as you are concerned. you still have questions, needs, concerns and you have a right for that lawyer to finish the job and attend to his duties to you. Since he took the plea, it would be fair to say he is bound to explain it to at the VERY LEAST. and, at most, help you to get that probation transferred, by making an application to the court. The reason he may be saying you aren't convicted of anything could be because you have a suspended sentence, which means if you do everything successfully the case will fall away. If that is the case, that is great and from what you are saying about your proactive undertakings, etc. and not drinking now you could stand a great chance of not having a record out of this. but only your lawyer can tell you that and explain that to you fully because only he knows what the plea was. You have to remember, lawyers are not any different than any other business and YOU ARE THE CUSTOMER. you should not be afraid to demand some service and not be afraid to call them up and demand some help. If they are giving you the run around then you have some grounds to stand on to make complaints
, or threaten to do so, which he would not want. You have done nothing wrong in this situation, as I stated. It is his job to help you. He hasn't finished his job it sounds like, and I hope you can go back to his office and I can help you create a list of questions for him so you feel empowered and ready to take him on if you find him or his office intimidating.
I just want to mention that on this site we get credit for our answers by your rating, so when you feel my answer has been helpful please rate it three stars or more. After that, come back and ask me any follow up questions you might have. (as part of the same question, not a new question or anything) and we can keep communicating. The crux of my answer lies above, because I truly believe you can get what you want with the help of the attorney, who only needs to get permission from the court, or probation itself. As far as drafting some questions for the lawyer I will do that with you anyways. Let me know what else you want to know and how else I can help you. But don't beat yourself up because I tell you info you didn't know at the time. You didn't know, that's ok. You know now. That's good. Let's go from there.Sound good?