Q: I have a family charge against my mom and she lied on the police report saying she has dementia she also attacked me and
All I did was defend myself and I didn't press charges but she lied and press charges on me my lawyer said she can't beat the case but she's a court appointed lawyer do I need to get another lawyer
A: The result of a criminal case will depend on the quality of the prosecutor's evidence, the skill and diligence of the defense attorney, and some degree of luck. You can't control the evidence or the luck, but you can hire a better defense attorney. On average, expensive attorneys get better results than cheap attorneys, and court-appointed attorneys are the "cheapest" of all. However, even the best attorney ever can't win them all... sometimes the evidence is too strong or the luck is too bad.
A: Of course you need to get another lawyer when the one you have says she can't win the case.
The one helpful thought I have is that maybe, since she herself claims to have dementia, she may be incompetent to testify against you. Unless there are other witnesses prepared to testify against you, the State may be unable to proceed in your case because an incompetent person cannot testify. No witness, no trial. No trial, no conviction.
Hope this helps. Good luck.
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