Q: Do you know any available resources if he wanted to replace his lawyer with another pro bono lawyer?
A: The client needs to ask for a Marsden motion. If successful, you get a different pro bono attorney.
you want to set up a Marsden Hearing and explain to the court WHY?
if successful the judge will appoint a PD or alternative PD
While I agree with Mr. Lehr's answer, be aware that attorneys on the criminal defense conflict panel, assuming the court appoints new counsel after the Marsden hearing, are paid a very small, lump sum, whether for court appearances or trial, which creates a financial disincentive to do anything other than twist the client's arm to accept the DA's plea bargain offer.
If you refuse the offer, new counsel will withdraw (usually after 2 or at most 3 appearances), be replaced by another conflict defense attorney and the process I just explained will repeat over and over again. I've personally witnessed it happen hundreds of times until you either give up and accept the offer or proceed to trial representing yourself. It's a travesty but that's how "THE SYSTEM" really works.
Do yourself a favor. Don't get on that merry-go-round especially if you are facing serious criminal charges with lengthy jail time (including state prison if charged with a felony). HIRE PRIVATE COUNSEL. Get a loan from a relative if you don't have the financial resources to do so yourself.
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