Unfortunately, not all criminal defense lawyers are created equal. If you
were appointed a public defender or you hired an attorney that doesn’t
seem to be interested in your case, you might be considering hiring another
lawyer. However, depending on how far along the case is and who is representing
you, you might not be able to do so.
Defendants who hire their own attorneys have the right to discharge them
without court approval, but with a public defender, you will have to convince
a judge to dismiss your advocate. Most judges won’t approve a change
of public defender without sufficient proof your attorney has been negligent
in your case.
Likewise, your right to change lawyers will be weight against the prosecutor’s
right to keep the case moving on schedule. For example, if a defendant
wants to change attorneys on the eve of trial, a new attorney might only
agree to represent the accused if the trial can be delayed for preparation
of the case. The prosecutor might oppose the delay, especially if the
prosecution witnesses will not be available to testify at a later date.
A judge might deny the defendant’s request to delay the trial, which
means the defendant would have to stay with the original attorney or risk
bringing in a new, unprepared representative.
If you think you need a new, skilled
Milwaukee criminal defense attorney, talk to
Attorney Christopher J. Cherella about your case. He has more than 20 years of legal experience to offer
your case. Throughout his career, he has successfully represented thousands
of clients in criminal charges. Let us see what we can do for you.
Contact us at (414) 882-8382 or fill out our online form to schedule a free case