Asked in Criminal Law for Louisiana

Q: Why would a criminal defense attorney wait 40 days after the attorney client contract signed paid $1000 retainer........

Why would a criminal defense attorney wait 40 days after the attorney client contract signed and the client paid $1000 retainer file motion to enroll as counsel 40 days after the attorney contract signed and having been paid 1000. I’m looking at the records for my case and the motion to enroll as counsel was filed 40 days after attorney being hired to represent me and me signing and paying Is that a common thing among criminal defense attorneys not notifying the court I have retained counsel and wait 40 days to file motion to enroll as counsel and also filed the motion 10 days after bill of information filed???? please help me understand this before I confront them about this I need another lawyer opinion on this. This is a criminal case but did not choose to get public defender when asked so two weeks after that Is when I retained a criminal defense attorney and gave them all video evidence but 30 days after that bill of information Filed by ADA I think they had no idea about videos.

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Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Ellen Cronin Badeaux
Answered
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Covington, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: Judge may have told attorney to file Motion to Enroll or attorney may have wanted to ensure that she got all notices or that DA didn't have an excuse to not provide Discovery. $1000 is cheap retainer.

J. Heath Dillon agrees with this answer

J. Heath Dillon
J. Heath Dillon
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  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Leesville, LA
  • Licensed in Louisiana

A: I agree with my colleague. I add that until the Bill of Information was filed, there may not have been a criminal case in which the attorney could officially enroll in court records as counsel. Discuss with your attorney if you wish, but it does not appear that his actions were atypical.

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