What to do ifI did not show in court because my attorney told me that he would get a continuance but it was denied and a warrant was issued?

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What to do ifI did not show in court because my attorney told me that he would get a continuance but it was denied and a warrant was issued?

I have a warrant for my arrest issued because I did not show up for a preliminary hearing. My legal consul told me he would get a continuance and not to worry. However the judge refused to grant a continuance.

Asked on June 21, 2011 under Criminal Law, Pennsylvania

Answers:

M.T.G., Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

You need to call your attorney as soon as you can and insist that he call chambers or make a motion regarding the warrant or make an assertion on the record when he accompanies you to turn yourself in - WHICH YOU NEED TO INSIST THAT HE DOES. He should never have told you not to come if he were not 100% sure that the matter would be adjourned.  It is tantamount to legal malpractice. I would not go so far as to state that in those exact words but make yourself very clear where the conversation is headed and your position.  And if you are paying him out of pocket make sure that you are not billed for the extra work.  Good luck. 


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