What to do if my lawyer keeps postponing or not showing up to my sentencing hearing for motion to revoke a deferred prosecution?

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What to do if my lawyer keeps postponing or not showing up to my sentencing hearing for motion to revoke a deferred prosecution?

It has been continuance after continuance for several months now. My life has been on hold during this time. I’ve missed out on potentially 5 job opportunities already, expecting to serve time. Will the court take this into consideration before sentencing? I have obviously already waived my right to a speedy trial.

Asked on May 3, 2011 under Criminal Law, Washington

Answers:

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

Answered 10 years ago | Contributor

Listen, you have a right to fire your attorney at any time should you feel that he or she is not acting in your best interests.  Is this a court appointed attorney?  Then the next time that you are before the court ask to have a new attorney appointed i his or her place and tell the court why.  If this is a private attorney - or maybe now you want to consider hiring a private attorney at this final stage- then just send him or her a letter indicating that you no longer wish to use their services but hire someone else before you do this. Always goodto have a plan in place first. Good luck.


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