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Ely, Counselor at Law
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One of my questions earlier was should we get a lawyer and

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One of my questions earlier was should we get a lawyer and the answer was to get in touch with my sons public defender first. We have and sometimes he returns are calls but mostly he does not and he does not always attend the court hearings and proceedings. Is this in my sons best interest?
Submitted: 5 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Ely replied 5 years ago.
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I am sorry for your son's situation. Normally, an attorney is supposed to express zealous representation for his client. In practice, public defenders are sometimes overworked and underpaid, leaving some things to be desired. What your son would need to do is to complaint to the Court next court hearing if the attorney is not there about the matter - both the non-communication and the lackluster attendance record, and then ask for a new public defender. The Court has discretion here, and it would either grant it, or at least ask the public defender to be more apt in communicating and making the Court appearances. The combination of the Court's admonishment and it being in public should move the public defender to better their attendance and communication efforts.

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