If you are facing charges, you need to be comfortable with the work that your defense attorney is doing for you. If you are not comfortable, it might be time to make a switch. Understand, criminal cases are often incredibly stressful and confusing for people who have never been through them before. Make sure the tension you are feeling is grounded in specifics before giving another attorney a call.
However, it is not too late to hire a new attorney.
You have a right to a detailed accounting from your previous attorney. Pursuant to Rule 1.5 of the Rules of Professional Conduct governing attorneys in the State of Ohio, you are entitled to a complete accounting and are entitled to a refund of any unearned funds. Your previous attorney should return any unearned funds upon your request to terminate services. Furthermore, fees for a new lawyer should be established right away, and you can also apply the funds from your previous attorney to the new one.
Once you are ready to make the leap to another attorney, do your research. Use objective websites such as AVVO.com or Google.com. These websites are free to use and can give you an objective picture of how your current attorney, or even new attorney, stack up against others.
If you have questions, feel free to give us a call. The call is completely confidential and has absolutely no obligation. We will take you through the steps necessary to talk to a new attorney and if we agree to take your case on, you will be treated with the respect and dignity that you deserve.