I hired a woman named Patricia who claimed to be a lawyer.. The day of my court date Patricia made it to court and once my named was called Patricia instead of following me to the podium headed right out of the courtroom. I ended up having to defend myself as I was shocked and unsure what to do or say. After my sentencing my family member stopped her from leaving the premises and where she declared that she was a lawyer from another country and that she was only here to represent me. I dont know how to proceed with finding her again and having her pay me back for the services.
That is a particularly unusual set of circumstances.
To protect your own interests in your case, you should inform the Court what happened and hire a new attorney.
Additionally, perhaps you should contact the Virginia State Bar and send to them all information you have about this fraudster (her name, email address, any documents she gave you, her phone number, etc).
In the future, for any person who claims to be an attorney in Virginia, you can go to www.vsb.org and on the left-hand side click on "Lawyer Directory" and look up the person.
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The unauthorized practice of law is a serious crime. Report this to the police and the state Bar association.
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Sue her for the monies you paid her and report her to the authorities for practicing aw without a license.
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