When you say that Insurance is covering damages and medical bills, if you want to pursue a separate suit, be careful that you do not sign a release for general damages to his insurance company without speaking with a personal injury attorney.
Here is the dilemma. State appointed attorneys are very often difficult to access or communicate with because of their heavy case load that ultimately pays them very little for each individual case. The minimal amount paid per case provides little incentive to do very much on each individual case. If getting paid minimally on a case diminishes incentive, how motivated do you think a Pro Bono attorney will be, given that they are being paid even less for your case than the state appointed...
In the situation you are describing, it is certainly possible that the amount of time that you could be looking at could be considerable, However, there may be ways of handling this that could get you through this with a very minimal amount of time. This is not something that you want to delay any longer! As you delay addressing the situation, the reasons that an attorney could present to explain the delay continue to diminish.
I would have to agree that your first priority would be clearing your warrant. New counsel can go in and have it recalled without you being present.
As to getting back your retainer, getting papers from the State Bar and filing a complaint, coupled with contacting the local bar in your area and requesting fee arbitration. Both processes are set up to be handled on your own without the need for representation.
I generally advise my clients to ignore the civil demand notice. It will have no effect on any criminal case and my result in you being placed on a register of individuals who may enter certain commercial establishments.
As to your question regarding re-entry via tourist visa, you need to address that question to an immigration attorney.
Your next two steps would be the Readiness and the Preliminary Examination. I would have guessed that they would have set a readiness hearing after the arraignment but prior to the preliminary examination. But it does not have to be set in that order.
At first glance, a preliminary hearing may resemble a criminal trial in many respects. However, because it's purpose is different, there are a few extremely significant procedural differences between the two. The most notable dissimilarity...
There is nothing in what you have provided that would explain why the video wouldn't help because person who taped it would be tainted witness. Nonetheless, your current attorney would be in the best position to judge that issue.
Sometimes we do not get the information that we really need because we fail to ask the correct question. Therefore, you want to be very careful here and make sure you are asking the right questions that will provide you with a useful and meaningful response. With that in mind, I offer you the following:
First, perhaps your primary question should be whether a knowledgeable and well prepared attorney will generally produce any better outcome in a particular case ? And the answer to that...