Only the attorney handling the case can answer this. There may be grounds to get the case dismissed as well for the failure to prosecute but that will depend on the facts.
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No one could predict the actual outcome of that stale protracted legal matter, however, in my opinion, the most instrumental person affecting that pending criminal case is the attorney of record. That person has to have the most complete understanding of the applicable legal strategy, has to know each legal nuance for appropriate tactics of handling this matter to a more or less optimal closure, et cetera.
If you feel your counsel is not up to that ordeal you may retain another criminal defense attorney of your choosing.
In terms of legal fees, each attorney values their professional work based on several factors such as experience, skills and personal attention to the legal matter, thus, a fee would depend on these considerations, yet, I canot quote you a set amount for this complex legal matter, especially to be perfomed by another legal professional.
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I suggest talking to his current attorney about your concerns. If the attorney does not answer your questions in a satisfactory manner, your relative is free to hire other counsel. Keep in mind that the attorney may not be able to talk to you about the case, unless he has your relative's permission. Good luck.