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I live in Arizona and I am wanting to get my felony set

aside however I owe lawyer...
I live in Arizona and I am wanting to get my felony set aside however I owe lawyer fees.. But see his is the thing I had 4 different cases one lawyer, I signed a plea bargain for attempted forgery and burglary in the 3rd degree which were on 2 different cases. So I am wanting to write a motion requestioning the judge to either clear my attorneys fees or drop it to one attorney fee. They charged me 4 different times $750 even tho the same attorney worked with me for all of the cases. My question I guess would be have u heard or that being possible some one said the judge may grant me some kind of hardship..
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Jonathan Holson
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Generally a judge is not going to step into a contractual relationship that you had with your attorney. I assume that there was a written retainer agreement (or perhaps four) that detailed what your attorney was going to charge you for representation. A retainer only covers what is written in the retainer, it is not an agreement to represent you on any offenses that you might be charged with. So for example, if a client hires me on a DWI, that doesn't mean that I will also be representing him for free on a burglary and a driving after revocation unless the retainer indicates that I will be representing on any case that he might catch while I am representing him.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Oh I apologize it was a court appointed attorney like a public defender

Ahh. That clears things up. How are the assessments in Arizona done for the costs of a court appointed attorney. In Minnesota, the Court will appoint an attorney and either order a specific amount of a co-pay or sometimes order a certain amount per hour. The client then has the option of accepting this agreement or declining it.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Well they just ask if u can afford one and it was my first time getting in trouble (4times in a few months :( ) so they just order u to pay 750$ but if u can't afford that they do lower it but at the time I was shy/ scared to sat anything

I would petition the court to have your financial obligation lowered. Provide the court will information about your income and inability to pay to support your claim. I would also explain why you didn't ask for this earlier.

Good luck. Hope this helps. Feel free to follow up. If it was helpful, please give me a five star rating.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Great one last question I have the blank document where I would just write in whatever it is I'm asking but is there a certain way I should state it or a format I need to flow ? Or can I just write your honor, I am petioning the court to see if you would consider either lowering the amount t of attorneys fees I owe. Or even forgiving them. I am have not been in legal trouble for 7 years have been off probation for five and I am currently working in the medical field and trying to obtain my finger print clearance card. However, and kind of explain the situation as to why I have 4 different cases and never said anything all 4 times..

I think that the your explanation makes a lot of sense. I would just make sure that there are no typos and that you also explain your financial circumstances and why the financial burden is too much for you to meet.

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Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Perfect thank you so much and yes I would be sure that the spelling and everything is correct. . I'm on lunch lol trying to type fast right now :)
Customer reply replied 4 months ago
Thank you again

You're most welcome. Good luck!! If this has been helpful, please give me a five star rating.

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