Signed a plea bargain and my lawyer withdrew from my case. What does this mean for me?

Signed a plea deal and my attorney
withdrew from my case. What does
this mean for me?

Asked on May 22, 2016 under Criminal Law, North Carolina

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

The lawyer withdrawing from the case does not directly effect the plea deal--after all, you can enter into a plea deal without an attorney. So if you are satisfied with the deal, nothing changes. On the other hand, IF you are disatisified with the deal and believe you received bad legal advice, and IF the reason the lawyer withdrew was some conflict with you over the quality of his representation or strategy (and not, say, due to either your failure to pay him or due to some family/personal issue on his part), then you may have grounds to have the deal set aside based on ineffective assistance of counsel--it's not guaranteed that you'd be able to do this, but you'd at least have a chance.


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