Houston, TX asked in DUI / DWI for Washington

Q: Was what my lawyer, now a judge, did okay?

I hired a lawyer for a DUI case 3 years ago. I was given a deferment for 3 years to get put down to negligent driving, I paid him 5k to follow my case till the end of my deferment period of 3 years. My final hearing for the end of the deferment is May 15. I tried contacting him as I hadn’t heard from him and the phones were disconnected. I called the courthouse and was granted a telephone hearing which I still need a lawyer for. I asked about my lawyer and they told me he was a judge now and has been since 2018 and is not practicing. I was never notified he was no longer my lawyer and was not transferred to another lawyer. Instead I’ve had no representation when I thought I did for 2 years. I was told I would need to get another lawyer through public defender if I qualify which I probably won’t or hire another one. I’m a nurse working in a hospital hit by COVID which is why I asked for telephone. I might get sick and have no income I can’t afford another lawyer when I’ve paid one prior

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Stan Glisson
Stan Glisson
Answered
  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Port Orchard, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: In all likelihood, you don't need a lawyer for that final hearing. You have a right to be represented, but that is a right you can waive. Every court handles these things a little bit differently, but you should not be penalized because your lawyer is no longer in practice. Your situation is not all that uncommon, should be easily fixable.

Patrick Owen Earl
Patrick Owen Earl
Answered
  • DUI & DWI Lawyer
  • Moses Lake, WA
  • Licensed in Washington

A: What county is your case from?

I assume you have fulfilled all the requirements for your reduction to Neg Driving 1st degree right?

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