The case is going on 2 yes old the attorney wanted 5000 dollars I told her that I could only pay her 150 to 200 dollars a month she said OK & that's what I've been doing I only owe her 1950. But she wants it all by April 1st . & I don't have it I'm on disability have been for 5 yes now and I'm not even guilty of what they charge me with she got one charge thrown out the worse one I don't understand. I thought I was doing good to pay her what I have? Hurt & confused.......
This appears to be a question in regards to a criminal defense attorney. I will re-post to that forum.
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Attorneys are often afraid that if they don’t get the full fee before the case is over, they won’t get the rest of it afterwards. Or they’ll have to spend time chasing after it.
If your case is heading to trial, she may be wanting the rest of the fee before preparing for trial.
You should know that an attorney, once they file as Attorney of record, can not withdraw from a case without leave of the court (the judge). Attorney has to make a motion to withdraw and give her reasons. It is easier for an attorney to exit a misdemeanor than it is a felony. Civil cases are the easiest to exit. She cannot fail to appear for you without withdrawing. However, and sadly, a defendant might not go to court because their attorney usually handles it, but the attorney doesn’t show and a bench warrant gets issued and then the attorney withdraws.
Talk to your attorney. Assure her you fully intend to keep making the payments even if the case is over. Sign an IOU to that effect. And go to every court appearance.
Review the Contract of Employment that you and the attorney signed. It would state the terms of the representation including fees and payments.
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