Should we change fron a court appointed attorney to a private attorney for sentencing?

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Should we change fron a court appointed attorney to a private attorney for sentencing?

We feel that the court appointed attorney did not do his job at the trial and are afraid that he will not make the right motions at sentencing. Should we change to a private attorney for sentencing? Our attorney should have called a mistrial because one of the jurors used information from the internet and shared info with other jurors. What motions should the attorney be requesting at sentencing?

Asked on April 30, 2009 under Criminal Law, Washington

Answers:

N. K., Member, Iowa and Illinois Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 12 years ago | Contributor

You should consult an attorney experienced with criminal appeals. You may have grounds for an appeal based on juror misconduct as well as negligent legal representation. An experienced appellate lawyer would carefully review the case for any possible grounds for appeal.


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