Long story short, my mom and dad hired a lawyer to represent me on a criminal case and all post conviction matters and I'm just not getting along with my lawyer. I feel like he doesn't listen to me and when I send him emails he either gives me a general vague reply or tells me I'm a kid an I should stop bugging him and let him do his job. But he didn't and isn't doing much at all, he just asks for more and more money. For example, if I speak to him on the phone for 15 minutes he sends a $250 bill, he doesn't like to meet for more than 5 minutes at his office and if he does charges $500 since he claims his hourly is that. Hes been paid $50,000 to date and I feel like he's done only minimal work for a not so serious case. What should I do if I am not getting along with my lawyer? Thanks
Tough question. It always is especially when there are only unsupported assertions.
If your attorney is lax in speaking with you, discuss the money issue with your parents who are paying the bill.
As to taking time with you as to the case, there are a couple of issues. One, perhaps after a full review of the facts and having talked to you about how it your response is unreasonable. If that is the case, get another opinion. Second, you are not getting the advice / assistance you need. If the latter, try calling the state bar.
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First of all you need to get along with your lawyer. but it does depend on what stage the cases is in. If it's pre-trial, and early enough, you can change lawyers. I doubt your parents are going to want to pay another lawyer to start over. It appears it's a federal case. These cases can be long and complicated and you need to trust the person your working with. Maybe meet with some other lawyers and see if your comfort level increases. If so, talk to your parents and consider changing attorneys.
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You (or your parents who are paying the bill) should expect to pay when you call, email your attorney, or consult with him personally if the matter is being handled on an hourly basis. If the case is being handled for a flat fee you should not be charge on an hourly basis but you should not abuse your attorney with non-substantive emails or phone calls.
Many client questions cannot be answered with the specificity a client would like because there are just too many unknowns. I assume that is your situation where so much depends on the outcome of pre-trial motions, the evidence which has yet to be discovered, and the prosecutions posture regarding your case.
Your post contains so little meaningful facts no one here can advise you. Talk to your parents about your concerns. Perhaps they can help you resolve the issues you are having. You can, of course, always retain new counsel. Good luck.
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You have received good answers from my colleagues. Sometimes when you speak with a lawyer you will not hear what you want to hear. That is a reality, particularly in criminal cases. If you are unhappy with your attorney, you have the following choices: 1, live with it; 2, talk to the attorney; 3, change attorneys. You are very fortunate to have a family with the means to pay for retained counsel, but that by itself will not be enough to tell you how the case is going to turn out, or change the result if the case against you is strong.
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Managing a case is not easy. It takes a great deal of time and effort. Your attorney may have asked for additional information / discovery from the prosecution. The prosecutor has to contact the appropriate party for the information. Both your attorney and the prosecution will wait on the requested party. So sometimes your attorney will not have the answer because he is waiting on the information requested. Hence the vague answers. Let him do his job. There's only so many minutes in a day so when you do contact him it takes him away from working directly on your case. Meanwhile find something to do to take your mind off the matter. Good luck.
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