I've several felony drug charges pending in criminal court. I had my first hearing today and my attorney didn't show up. He was well aware of the time. I've paid this man $2500 a year ago when I first got busted and he's done next to nothing on this case and has become almost unresponsive to communication. There has been no contract signed, no statements detailing services rendered that were charged against the retainer. Nothing. I asked the judge for a court appointed lawyer because now I don't have the money to hire another and he refused saying technically I already have an attorney. How do I get rid of him so I can get another? Does he have to formally with drawl? And is there a possibility that I can recover my retainer fee?