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Do I have the Right to Change my Orange County California Defense Attorney?

Posted by attorney Shamoon Budhwani

An individual always has the right to select who their attorney is. In California, attorneys are held to a high standard of ethics by the California State Bar. There are many rules in effect that are designed to protect a person and their legal rights. There are also guidelines an attorney must follow so that they provide the most diligent, competent and effective legal help available.

Accordingly, the client has many rights when it comes to choosing and retaining an attorney. An individual has the right not be hassled or pressured when selecting an attorney, and attorneys may not actively solicit your business in a courtroom, hospital, or even the scene of an arrest.

Similarly, an individual who has retained an attorney, has the right to terminate the attorney client relationship whenever they feel is necessary. An attorney, however, cannot terminate a client without good reason and permission from the Judge.

Let’s consider an example. A client hires an attorney to help them with their San their Orange County DUI Case. The attorney misses a hearing due to disorganization and a warrant is issued for the client’s arrest. Furthermore, the attorney, when he does appear puts in a guilty plea on behalf of the client without the client’s consent. Due to the incompetence, the client informs the Judge that they no longer wish that the attorney represents them and will seek new counsel. The client has every right to do so, and will be given permission by the Court to do so.

If an individual is being represented by an attorney that is not doing work on their case to their satisfaction, they should know that they have every right to switch attorneys. An individual pays good money for outstanding legal representation, and should have the peace of mind that their case is being handled to the best of their attorney’s ability.

A DUI is a serious criminal accusation. An individual has rights that need t.o be protected. Proper representations will in no small sense effect the disposition of an individual criminal case, whether they are convicted of a felony, misdemeanor or the case is eventually dismissed. Keep in mind that there are standards that your attorney must adhere to, standards designed to protect an individual rights. If those standards are not being met one should look elsewhere to ensure they are.

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