Please bear in mind that the PD is not obligated to return your calls; you are not the client. Unless the client gives the PD authority to speak with you, all the PD can do is disclose things of public record, like court dates, charges, etc.
I really, really sympathize with you; two of my closest friends have sons with bipolar disorder and have always been frustrated getting this critical information to their sons' attorneys. I don't know what kind of messages you've left, but a voicemail...
Start looking immediately for an attorney. If you reach an agreement with someone you feel comfortable with but cannot finalize the payment arrangements by the time of your court date, go to court, tell the judge that you are just about to "ink the deal" with this particular lawyer, and ask for a couple of weeks to complete the representation arrangement. The court will more than likely accommodate you. (I have never seen a judge NOT accommodate a person with this request.)
I spent almost half of my 32 year legal career as a PD. The other 18 years have been spent either in firms or in private practice, as I am in now. I don't want to jump into the debate which your questions raises.
However, I will say this: If you can afford to expend some funds, but not enough to hire private counsel, you can assist the public defender's representation by paying for some of the experts or investigation yourself. Public defender budgets are limited. For example, sometimes...
If you violate an order to appear as a witness (the order is usually in the form of a subpoena) for a trial or other evidentiary proceeding, the court can send law enforcement to find you and haul you into court on a contempt of court charge (and make you testify). If you continue to refuse to testify, you can be placed in custody until the proceeding is over - unless you change your mind of course.
No one is looking for you because you didn't honor the subpoena 8 years ago.
Mr. Dane answered your question about the authority of the store personnel to detain you.
I am going to change the practice area to "litigation" because if you want to sue Kohl's you will need an attorney who is a civil litigator.
Not trying to dodge the question here, but you have retained a "good, locally famous attorney." Ask that attorney. We are not going to give you a second opinion, especially without having all the information that your attorney has access to. Hiring the attorney was a good idea. Keeping $6,000 cash hanging around was not.
Here is the website with all the information about how to file a complaint against a sitting California judge:
It was probably a good idea not to confront Her Honor at that moment. Judges are human and, even though held to a higher standard of fairness, often fail to rise to that standard. Wait until the trial is over to file your complaint.
I agree with Mr. Brinkmeier's observations that there isn't much to go on. But it would probably be helpful...
See my other two answers. Your uncle would most certainly have to be there. If there is a resolution proposed (by either side) your uncle has to agree to it in order for it to take effect. His attorney cannot plead guilty on his behalf, most especially in a murder trial.
It seems pretty clear that they represented the co-defendant in the past, were appointed to represent the co-defendant in this case, or have represented a witness in the past. It would be inappropriate for the PD to declare the details of the conflict, so no one is keeping it a secret from you on purpose.
The standard for declaring a conflict is whether the lawyer acquired any information during the course of his representation of one person which could impact his representation of the...