If I hired an attorney for a case but he has since withdrawn from practice and my court date is in a month, what are my options?

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If I hired an attorney for a case but he has since withdrawn from practice and my court date is in a month, what are my options?

My DUI case was deferred to a careless driving. I received a speeding summons and will be in court in a month to determine if my original sentence will be imposed. The lawyer I hired for my case has retired (I’m assuming) without receiving notification. Is there anything I can do to contact him about this. I feel I’m being cheated. On another note, what’s the norm of this type of situation? revocation of license or can my speeding violation be deferred as well? I don’t have a good driving record (obviously) and I think the points from the speeding will exceed the allotted points under state law.

Asked on June 7, 2013 under Criminal Law, Colorado

Answers:

Anthony Van Johnson / VANJOHNSON LAW FIRM, L.L.C.

Answered 8 years ago | Contributor

First, if you are unable to reach the attorney you hired to represent you, you should contact the State Bar and inquire as to whether your attorney is still licensed to practice law.  If you are informed that the attorney is no longer in the practice of law (a fact which the State Bar should know), then you need to immediately retain another attorney to represent you.  You may be able to obtain at least a partial refund from your original attorney, depending on your attorney agreement and the work the attorney has already done on your behalf.  I am assuming that you have gone to the attorney's office to inquire as to whether he is still in business at that location.


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