My daughter is charged with dealing in stolen property. She has a pro bono lawyer, because the co defendant got public defender. We feel that this lawyer isnt fighting for her. Can she fire the lawyer and get publ.ic defender, now that the codefendant is sentenced ?
No. The public defender still has a conflict
She can always retain a private lawyer.
Are you sure the attorney is working pro bono or the attorney was appointed as a special public defender?
She can discharge her lawyer but she is not entitled to pick and choose her court appointed legal advocate (meaning that if she fires her attorney the court does not necessarily have to appoint her another lawyer).
That said if she feels that her lawyer is not acting responsibly, ethically or in her interests then she can, and should, bring the matter to her Judge's attention.
Wishing your daughter luck and hoping that I have been helpful in answering your question.
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I agree with both my colleagues. Well done.
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