My rights have been violated, my representation just recently took position, formerly the dist. atty for the county I am being prosecuted in and has not communicated important times, dates, etc, that I believe I should be present for and knowledgeable about and has already informed me of my sentence???
If this person is indeed a public defender the judge will not appoint a different public defender. In reality you were given the aid of the Office of the Public Defender who then picks the individual attorney to be assigned to your case. The most that can happen if you can demonstrate ineffective assistance of counsel to the judge is that he will appoint a private attorney from a panel created for that purpose. These requests are seldom granted.
The judge may appoint a new attorney for you, but you will need to (1) ask your current attorney to schedule a substitution of counsel hearing, and (2) at the hearing you will need to make a very strong showing (but don't discuss the facts of your case) as to why you should receive a new attorney. Judges are reluctant to appoint new attorneys because in their view it tends to slow down the process of the case, and some defendants use this as a delaying tactic.
You say your attorney has informed you of your sentence. I think perhaps you are referring to a pretrial offer that your attorney has informed you about. You don't have to accept a pretrial offer, but your attorney has an obligation to inform you of any offers that the prosecutor has made.
Yes. You're entitled to an attorney, and if you're having problems with your present attorney you can ask the court to appoint a new one. That's not so say the judge will allow you to have a new one, but if you're having a real problem with the attorney as opposed to having a problem with the message they're giving you, then it's likely the court will appoint someone new.
Have you tried communicating with your attorney? Be proactive. Part of your release agreement states that you will continue to have contact with your attorney. If you have been to court at least once, you should have been told your next court date/s and time/s on the record and been given a notice from the court. If you feel that the attorney is not representing your best interests or that there has been a break down in the attorney-client relationship, you have a right to request a new attorney. You won't, however, be able to choose who the court appoints to replace your attorney. You may want to consult with another attorney as well before deciding how to proceed.
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