Hired an attorney to represent me in a felony case in Missouri, I already paid him for representation. He has been voted in as prosecutor in another county, after the start of my case. Trial date has been set, I just learned that he withdrew from my case. I called him and the reason I was given was because he is prosecutor now. Can he do this and keep my money? I now have no attorney and no money??
An attorney can Motion to Withdraw for many reasons, including a potential conflict of interest. His new assignment may well be a conflict. Check your fee agreement and review what you paid him for. If you paid for more than he did, set up an appointment with him to go over your case and bill. It would be reasonable to charge for time put in on the case. Hopefully you two can agree. If not it would be a fee dispute and I you could request assistance from the bar association. First, as a client/customer you need to have a face to face meeting.
You need to review your representation agreement as to the financial aspects of a withdrawal.
You need to have a sit down with counsel.
But no, you can not compel him to continue to represent you.
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