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Can I still hire a private attorney after I've qualified for court appointed counsel?

Hampton, VA |

Recently, I qualified for court appointed counsel, had a meeting with my lawyer and was not impressed. A close friend has offered to pay the bill so I can hire a new attorney. Is it possible for me to switch lawyers like this or am I stuck with the court appointed counsel?

Attorney Answers 5

  1. You are able to retain private counsel. A simple substitution order is all that is needed. I would be happy to offer you a free consultation.

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  2. Yes, if you have the ability to retain private counsel you absolutely should, and can.

  3. You have the right to have counsel of your choosing. When the court appoints counsel, you are saddled with whoever they appoint, however, the judge will allow private counsel to substitute in and relieve your court appointed attorney of their responsibilities.

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  4. Of course. You are free to hire your lawyer of choice.

  5. Absolutely


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