There is no obligation to see their client in jail a number of times or at set time intervals. Murder trials are very complicated and each case is different. The attorney may have gotten enough information from his client at the initial visits and subsequent court appearances to prepare his defense. He may be spending all his time doing legal research, conducting investigations and consulting with experts. All of which could be much more beneficial to his client and a better allocation of his time. A lot of criminal defense is countering the evidence so he may be in that phase of the defense. When it gets closer to trial he may visit the client more to prepare him for trial.
If you paid him money specifically to visit this client and he is not you could ask for your money back but as far as his not visiting being a sign of poor lawyering that may not be the case.
Yes, attroneys do visit their clients in jail. There are no rules about how many times an attorney should visit his/her client. It depends on the circumstances of the case. Attorneys generally visit their clients in jail when there is a need to discuss the case.
Generally, suits are only allowed for jury trials. Because there are so many inmates it is a burden on the system if all the inmates were allowed to wear suits to every hearing.
Every attorney has a different approach to dealing with clients. While the attorney is not specifically obligated to visit the client regularly, or even at all, some attorneys will do so when there are important developments in the case, or where the client has bargained and paid for that.
While there are things that can be more important for the defense, such as obtaining a proper investigation and preparing to handle any legal or technical issues that may arise, the client can be an important source of information. On the other hand, you also must keep in mind that jail is frequently not the best place to discuss important cases with clients for the simple reason that there are eyes and ears everywhere. And, while it is not legal for the government to eavesdrop or record attorney-client communications at the jail, many of us have become aware that government agents are not above breaking the law. The attorney needs to weigh his need for information directly from the client against both the risks and the other needs of the case. The answer isn't clear-cut.
Your frustration is totally understandable and reasonable but the bottom-line is that in this kind of case you must absolutely trust your attorney's judgment, and if the client can't do that, he or she should consider hiring someone he does trust. I'd suggest talking to the attorney about this issue, but if you are not the client, you must also understand that he is not at liberty to discuss most aspects of the case, especially the attorney-client communications.
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Yes lawyers visit their clients in jail. Some do, some don't - depends upon the case. A lawyer does however have an ethical duty to communicate with his or her client. But that rule is administrative, so if the state bar believes that the lack of communication (if the bar concluded a lack thereof) was unethical, the lawyer could be subject to discipline. Communication is indeed key; lawyers should keep their clients informed/properly advised, present options to the client and also figure out what motivates the client. Communication can help build a proper defense. Sometimes, the lawyer does not need to communicate to effectively represent and get results in a criminal matter. It all depends on the matter, but in a murder case, yes communication is key.