What should we do when pd isn't doing all he should be doing? I want a second opinion. Please help
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If the partial print matches your son, and the print is taken from the point of entry (window), the evidence is pretty damning. The only possible exception is if your son had a reason to be at the home that was burglarized. It is possible that there were more than one person who committed the burglary or the witness could simply have been mistaken regarding the race of the person that he saw. A residential burglar is a strike. It is possible that the prosecutor reduced the charge from a first degree residential burglary to a second degree burglary, commercial burglary or auto burglary, in which case it is not a strike for future purposes. It is almost impossible to give a second opinion without reviewing the police report and all of the evidence in your son's case.
Without reviewing the police reports and speaking with your son no attorney can tell you what your son should do. However if you are not satisfied with the Public Defender, you have the option of retaining your own attorney. You may also choose to retain someone to review the police reports and discuss with your son the strengths and weaknesses on the case.
You can certainly fire a PD, or any attorney, and hire your own private counsel. It is impossible to tell if a plea is the right move for you son based on limited information here. And ultimately it is up to him. If you want or he want an second opinion you should consult with an attorney in person. Good luck.