Legal Question in Criminal Law in Alabama

In Alabama what do you do when your appointed attorney will not contact you and wants you to accept a plea on plea day and has not even talked to you about the case?

Asked on 2/27/10, 9:12 pm

2 Answers from Attorneys

Robert Kreitlein Robert Kreitlein, Attorney at Law

Well, I'm assuming your attorney discussed the case with you when ya'll discussed the plea?

Yes, ideally, you would have met with the attorney prior to plea day but keep in mind every county is different. In some counties, plea day is a month or two before the trial date. In those places, many attorneys just wait to discuss the case on the plea date.

However, in some counties the plea day is the week before the trial date. An attorney should never wait to discuss your case with you until the week before trial.

You can always fire an attorney who represents you. Judges don't like to allow that a whole lot so you may have to explain to the attorney and the judge why you want a different attorney but you can certainly request a different attorney.

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Answered on 3/05/10, 4:57 am
Judson Crump Judson E. Crump, Attorney at Law

You can fire your appointed lawyer and pay for your own. Also, the plea agreement is something you enter into on your own. No lawyer or judge can make you sign one. You have the right to go to trial and roll the dice if you want, even if it is not a good idea.

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Answered on 3/05/10, 6:47 am

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