Long story short, I'm appearing in queens county criminal court due to driving with a suspended license because I forgot to pay my driver assessment fee and my address was my old college address so I never got notice.
Anyways, my lawyer has prior engagements tomorrow and is Unable to arrive at 8:30 when my DESK appearance ticket says to arrive. He says he'll be here around 11:00. He told me to wait for him and we can walk in together. My question for you. Would you think it would be a good idea for me to physically go in the courthouse before my lawyer gets there? Or should I just wait outside for him and we walk in together? Or should I sit in the courtroom and say I'm waiting for my lawyer. My lawyer said that I should wait outside for him but I just want to verify that's a good idea I don't want to look disrespectful by walking in late to my own court hearing even though it says 830 on the paper but my lawyer wants to go around 11. Thanks hoping for son insight.
If you trust your lawyer so little that you are online trying to vet out what he told you to do with other lawyers, perhaps you should change lawyers.
There is nothing wrong with waiting inside the courtroom. Either trust your lawyer or hire a new one.
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Please see my answer to your previous question. Wait inside the courthouse by the DAT part. The DAT part in Queens moves around. If it is in the arraignment part it is a small room and you may have to wait outside the room anyway.
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If you tell the court officer you hired a private attorney, they won't call your case until your lawyer gets there.
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