Find a lawyer that will listen to you. If you hired this lawyer and you are not comfortable with how he is handling your case, you need to find a new lawyer immediately. If the attorney is court appointed, you need to request a new court appointed attorney. Your attorney may not know what to do with your case or just may not believe you. You need an attorney that will file the proper motions to get the whole video or spoilation of evidence charge to the jury and who also can try the case to jury if necessary. Do not wait to see the attorney's representation is ineffective assistance, run to new lawyer while you can.
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Your complaint with you lawyer is far too common. Odds are, your lawyer did not charge you much, and never really planned to fight for you. A good lawyer who plans to fight for you is going to charge you thousands.
Ineffective counsel doesn't become an issue until representation is completed. If you are not comfortable with the level of representation you are getting, fire your lawyer and hire another one.
Don't wait until you're convicted and hope for an ineffective counsel appeal. They are very rarely successful.
You clearly are dissatisfied with your attorney.
In such situations, the first thing I believe defendants need to do is to sit down with the attorney and in a firm but businesslike way tell the attorney that they are dissatisfied and why, and ask for an explanation of the attorneys strategy.
If no explanation satisfactory to the defendant is forthcoming, the next step is to seek a second opinion from another attorney.
After getting that second opinion, the defendant is in a better position to decide whether to switch attorneys.
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The other lawyers give good advice. I always recommend sitting down with your present attorney and discussing your displeasure. Sometimes it's simply a matter of miscommunication. Other times there are genuine issues that cannot be resolved. But you each have an investment in the other and the case. Remember you always have the opportunity to hire a lawyer of your choice. That's the beauty of our system. Good luck.