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Posted about 2 years ago.

So you are saying my attorney is justified in not showing up at the arraignment and not informing me that he knew ARD was refused? The DA was encouraging me to sign paperwork & plead guilty to all counts knowing my attorney had not shown up. Not keeping a client reasonably informed, not showing up for an arraignment he specifically said he'd attend, and not filing an entry of appearance is "how the system works"? That's why I retained an attorney - so that I would not have to face a hearing alone with no defense.

Charles Thomas Jr.
Charles Thomas Jr., DUI / DWI Attorney - West Chester, PA
Posted about 2 years ago.

Not saying he was justified, because "justified" implies an action outside the norm. It just is what it is. He my not have known about ARD, because (and especially in Lehigh), that decision may not have been made until the day before you were set for arraignment.

Why? Because nothing happens before arraignment (I would go one step further and say nothing happens AT arraignment either, but that is another matter entirely).

If you are dissatisfied, fire him. Ask for your money back. But don't blame the lawyer — look at what his "mistakes" (which they're not) cost you — nothing. You still haven't been convicted of anything, you haven't given up any rights, and you still have the chance to get out of this.

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Posted about 2 years ago.

Your answer is arrogant and does not address the fact that I am not being kept informed. According to his paralegal, he was aware that ARD had been rejected and did not pass that information on to me. Again, if he did not intend to show up for arraignment (which he specifically said he would), I should have been informed of that and given some guidance as to what occurs during arraignment. In my reply, I never stated that the attorney had made "mistakes", you used those words in your reply.