I was arrested 10/4/2019, released on I-bond & had my first court appearance 10/28/2019. A week ago I terminated my legal counsel’s services due to lack of attention to my case. I paid him in full to represent me however, he didn’t show up to 2 out of 4 of my court appearances (the first and last court appearances). In addition, he was over 30 minutes late to the remaining 2 court appearances(the middle 2 appearances). At my next court date I’m deciding to exercise my right to pro se and I’m going to ask the court to grant my request for a speedy trial. I read an article that claims, “for a defendant who is able to make bond, the trial must begin within 160 days of demanding a speedy trial... a defendant who is out on bond must formally request a speedy trial in order for the speedy trial clock to begin its countdown. The countdown begins the day after the formal request, not the day he or she was charged with the crime.” Does that mean I must wait an 160 days from when I request speedy trial or will the judge take into consideration the time spent from when I had a paid attorney? I would have requested a speedy trial 10/28/2019 if my attorney had communicated that as an option.
It is suggested that you hire new counsel. You really should not proceed pro se. If you do proceed pro se, the Judge is not going to give you special treatment. The Judge will treat you like any other lawyer and expect you to know how to proceed. You need to hire a new attorney right away.
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You shouldn't try to handle this on your own. I suggest you retain the services of a reliable and experienced criminal law attorney. Law Offices of Theodore Gailan, 37 years of criminal law experience.
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