what will happen if he does not show up to court tomorrow?Yes I paid an initial fee for the first court date.
If you retained him, meaning you paid him the retainer fee and discussed your case, and he does not show up, you have a breach of contract case. You can also complain to the state bar if you want. Did you pay him the retainer fee?
If you paid the attorney and signed a fee agreement, he'll be there. Perhaps he was out of town over the long holiday weekend. Call his office today and confirm that your court date is on his calendar. If all else fails, go to court and ask for an extension then hire a different attorney.
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If they were actually retained and don't show up, the court could issue a warrant for your arrest. If you can't reach them today, you may want to show up to court just in case.
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I would trust him to show. If you doubt it, you can always hire a new attorney. Find one here on Avvo- read the client reviews.
In my experience, when you retain a cheap lawyer, that type off attorney doesn't reply to phone calls or do many of the things that a reputable attorney should do. You should either continue trying to get in touch with him, or find a good lawyer NOW. In my 28 years in criminal law, I have heard this type of account more than I care to remember, and I hope this type of lawyer doesn't get retained by other naive persons, who get attracted by a low number. Call an experienced attorney at once. I am sorry for the position you are in...... David Wallin
Bring your retainer agreement. It is very likely that they will be there, but just in case bring the agreement. Good luck.
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Get another one! There are plenty of us here who would gladly help you out if you still need counsel.
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