If you hire a lawyer for a case and you see he's not working on the case can you hire another lawyer?
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Hire another lawyer today. Call the first lawyer, and have an inventory of work done and fees charged, and if there is money left over from what you paid go get your refund. Good luck to you.
Yes, you could hire a new attorney if your cousin is OK with it. Why do you believe the current attorney isn't doing a good job? Is that an assumption based on the time the case has been pending? Criminal court judges don't allow cases to run for a year without the defense attorney working on it. As a general rule, the longer it takes to resolve a case, the better the result will be for the defendant.
I'm not saying the attorney is definitely doing good work, but I am saying that taking a long time is actually a positive sign. The bad attorneys try to flip cases quickly by requesting a plea bargain agreement and then convincing the defendant to sign it. The good attorneys actually try to WIN the case, and that takes time.
If your cousin was arrested on the same charge then that probably means the judge believes that he violated his bond conditions, and that could make the case harder than it was before.
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Yes, you can always hire a new attorney. I would encourage your cousin to talk with his current attorney first and have him share his concerns about the way his case is being handled. If his attorney isn't able to address those issues and continue working with your cousin then he can always hire someone else. The new attorney would file a notice of substitute counsel and take over the case. Keep in mind that changing attorneys may delay the final disposition of the case since he/she will be starting from the beginning.