Q: I need help ! I don't know how to go about this and if it's even worth it ..
I have a public defender . She calls me the day of my court date and tells me that the court is closed due to covid so no one is allowed in the court house . She left me a voice mail stating this loud and clear and repeated her self twice . she would notify me when the court re opened ,in the mean time I can call her on Monday to talk about my case . So I follow her instructions and call Monday but no answer . I left several messages . I was shocked to see a bench warrant was issued for not appearing in court the date that she had told me the courts were closed she even signed the warrant ( I have the voice mail saved on my phone of her stating do not come to court ) . I continued to call her numerous times . That weekend I get arrested on the warrant and spend 2k to bail out . She called back the day I get out of jail and says sorry she feels terrible about the mistake she made but she was on a conference call when the judge called my name and it's just slipped right under her
A: Sorry about what happened. I would make sure that her office knows what happened to you and see if there is any way to help get your $2000 back. Unlikely, but worth a try.
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A: Did you want us to file a mal practice case for her error and bad criminal advice. There is a filing fee for this since it is civil matter, Feel free to contact any attorney for a free phone consult to go over the info
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I don't think she is going to pay you anything if you just ask but it is your case please decide how you would like to handle it, - please protect the evidence you have and have a back up of it as well.
A: Your public defender has a supervisor. Contact the office and ask for the supervisor and explain what happened to you. Most PD offices have a good working relations with the court and perhaps your issue can be solved.
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