felon-serving time for taking the plea bargain this lawyer pushed as best to do, now can get neither return calls nor followup for subsequent appearances demanded for related charges against another person, and followup on his own case - no show, twice, then appears but leaves before called in to see judge and has to be called back. Next appearance set-lawyer has already told the felon that he won't be in court then. Does he have to send a partner to cover for him? Or what happens for another no show? No money left to pay a new lawyer.
Generally, a private attorney's representation ends when the case is resolve and close. Future appearances require an additional agreement. That being said, I and many of my colleagues do not simply abandon a client in need simply due to money, especially if a prior retainer has been paid. Likewise, one cannot take advantage of legal services. It's impossible to discern from the facts of your question what is the underlying issue in this case. It does seem clear that the attorney of which you are speaking is no longer the attorney of record. If he was, I would assume he would have been sanctioned by the court. Hope everything works out.
Usually, an attorney becomes an attorney of record upon filing her/his appearance in court like in the instant matter. In order to seize representing a client the attorney must file a Leave to Withdraw, citing certain reasons, such as breakdown in communication and such. Unless the Motion is granted by the court and entered on the record, the lawyer remains de jure the attorney of record.
From your intermittent narration it is difficult to determine what transpired between the client and attorney, however, in the attorney of record ignores to appear in court repeatedly, the court may issue appropriate sanctions.
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If this attorney remains attorney of record, and if the court has ordered him to appear, and if he is blowing off the court, not only could he be held in contempt of court, he is acting unethically. You could file a complaint against him with the Office of Professional Responsibility which investigates ethical complaints against lawyers.
If he is a court appointed lawyer, then follow up with the public defender's office to complain and see if they can get another attorney. If he is the attorney of record, then a professional responsibility complaint would be appropriate. It is not appropriate for an attorney of record to just not show up for court.
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