Q: My pub def has not answered any call or message for six weeks. Can I request a new one?
A: Unless you have an urgent situation or a hearing in the near future, you should not be alarmed. Especially in the current pandemic, public defenders are swamped with cases (fewer people are working) and also having to deal with the same crisis management as everyone else in the court system. You can always ask the judge for a different public defender, but changing attorneys will most likely delay things even further, as your new public defender would have to get up to speed on your case. Rather than a message or phone call, a letter to your public defender might be a good option.
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