Q: How can I get another attorney due to attorney hired not responding and judge is demanding attorney and won't assign PD
I hired an attorney for a DUI case, i was making monthly payments and he always showed up for court. I made final payment in December, attorney did not show up for january or feburary court date. on february court date asked judge for public defender judge says he can not assign public defender unless my attorney withdraws but I cannot get a hold of my attorney, he will not return phone calls or answer phone. I need to know how to proceed if judge is telling me to bring my attorney but i can't find my attorney
A: Madam or Sir:
That is unfortunate. I suggest that you first contact the Illinois State Bar association. They may be able to provide new contact information or clarify your attorney's status. If that fails, I suggest that you next contact the Illinois Board of Bar Overseers to discuss your situation and how you might rectify it.
Good luck with your case.
A: Your attorney has an ethical and professional obligation to appear if he has filed an appearance on your behalf. Advise the judge that your attorney has failed to respond to your attempts to reach him and has failed to appear at your last 2 court appearances.
The Court should then take steps to order the attorneys appearance. You may also reach out to the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. By going to their website you can check the attorney's contact information and registration status and if necessary file a Complaint. Good Luck.
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