Seeking new counsal after arraignment possible?

Asked over 1 year ago - Mechanicsburg, PA

Getting new legal counsal after arraignment? Is it possible? Was charged with dui with low levels. I had a public defender but recently my funds increased and now i am wanting to seek new counsal after my arraignment. The PD made a deal but its crap and I am by far not satisfied. My prelimenary is in 1 month but is that to late? Thank you in advance.

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  1. William A. Jones Jr.

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    Answered . The criminal system, at all levels, is very accommodating to changes of counsel, because of the constitutional right to counsel in criminal cases. If you are awaiting a preliminary hearing there is NO problem in hiring private counsel. Most lawyers who participate here offer free, if limited, consultations. Start interviewing candidates for the job of representing you without delay. Good luck.

  2. Jason Kutulakis

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    Answered . My colleagues are correct, the change in counsel is very feasible if you are proactive in the change before your case advances much further. Good luck.

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  3. Richard Timothy Jones

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    Answered . Most judges will let you hire a new attorney at any time as long as it doesn't delay the case. Any attorney you hire will need enough time to get prepared. Hire an experienced DUI attorney as DWI /DUI law is getting more complicated.
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  4. Joshua Sachs

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    Answered . Both the judge and the public defender will be delighted if you retain private counsel. The only time changing from appointed to retained counsel would be a problem is if you wanted to bring in a new attorney on the very eve of trial, so as to cause the trial to be delayed. It does not sound like that is your situation at all. Talk to a few attorneys who handle DUI cases and choose one with whom you feel comfortable. My colleague is correct that DUI work has become something of a sub-specialty in recent years.

  5. Michael David Ferguson

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    Answered . Absolutely. It's never too late to obtain competent counsel.

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