court appointed attorney

I was given a public attorney an
have been to pretrial 4 times an its
been continued each time but my
attorney has not one time talked to
me or even decuss my case with me.
What can I do

Asked on June 17, 2016 under Criminal Law, Arkansas

Answers:

M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

You can request a hearing for substitution of your court appointed counsel. This  means that you can get a different public defender to represent you if you can convince a judge that it is necessary. To seek a hearing for substitution of counsel, you should write a letter to the judge on the case, requesting a meeting with them regarding your attorney. A copy of this request should be in letter form and sent to the lawyer who you want removed and the prosecutor. Make sure both copies and the original (which goes to the judge) are sent via certified mail; you also need to keep a copy for yourself. This letter should state that you want your present lawyer removed from your case and why. You'll need to list the problems that you are having with them. Keep the letter short and to the point; be sure that it is truthful as you do not want to jeopardize your position by stretching the truth.


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