Legal Question in Legal Ethics in Virginia
Here's my civil action clarification and case nature: A court appointed lawyer had a pre-existing friendship with the Commonwealth witness ( who was also the policeman that made a traffic stop on me without probable cause and who falsify charges against me) and did represent me in trial willfully and knowingly that the relationship existed. This was a unethical act of conduct that created a conflict of interest that lead to the lawyer being ineffective representation and prejudice toward my legal defense. And I was convicted on a misdemeanor without presenting any legal defense.
1 Answer from Attorneys
So, write a letter to the judge who presided over your case detailing your complaint with your request for a new trial. (You should, however, bear in mind
that merely because your "court-appointed lawyer had a pre-existing
friendship with the Commonwealth witness" that that would NOT necessarily
have created a conflict of interest which should've required this
lawyer to withdraw pretrial as your counsel.)