My son is currently awaiting his Final Pre-Trial and is in the local jail. He and I are having a disagreement about his public defender (would love to get him another lawyer, but don't have the $2000 retainer fee and $200/hour) he says that she won't defend him properly and won't take his calls, but I thought lawyers had to speak with clients if so requested, or is a public defender just to show up for the case hearings. He keeps saying he took the plea deal, but according to CCAPS, she pleaded Not-Guilty by mental defect. Lawyer won't speak to me and I have called, emailed and faxed. Also, if he didn't understand what he was signing by waiving his pre-trail, could that be used against him? His understanding is that of a 8 y.o. He has been charged with a Felony G and H & misdemenors.