My son may be charged with a criminal charge in juvenile court. He was questioned by a detective and placed in a juvenile detention center but released after his initial court hearing. He was assigned a public defender. He has another court date in a few weeks where we will find out his charges. His mother has now hired a lawyer for him and is saying I need to pay a $7,500 retainer fee. I believe my son is NOT innocent and I want use the services of the public defender. My son needs to face the consequences of what he has done, not weasel his way out of this. I do not believe we need to hire a different lawyer. I have told his mother this many times and told her I do not have the money to pay for a lawyer but she has hired one anyway and is now telling me I need to pay. My question is: can I be legally forced to pay for this lawyer even though I made it known that I was against hiring him and my son had access to a public defender that would have been sufficient?
Unless the court orders you to pay, you don't have to. You didn't sign the attorney's contract, your ex-wife did.
I'm licensed to practice law only in Indiana, and we've never met, so I can't give you "legal" advice. My answer is simply "friendly" advice based on my experience as an attorney in Indiana, my knowledge of federal and common law, and common sense. Even if you are in Indiana, employment law questions are very fact specific, and based on the limited information you provided in your post, I can't give you legal advice, and my answer is intended as general information only. It doesn't create an attorney-client relationship.
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