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.
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
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.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.