Q: How to determine a lawyer was not operating in-their area or practice. A business lawyer pose as a crimal lawyer?
Attorneys are licensed to practice by state or court system, not by area of law. While an attorney may have their primary focus on one area of law that does not mean they can't handle cases in other areas of law.
Attorney's do have a duty to be competent in their representation of a client. If an attorney does not know sufficient information about an area of law he/she must either do sufficient research to become competent, bring on another attorney who is competent to co-counsel, or refer the case out to another attorney to handle.
For more specific details about your situation you should speak with an attorney or the State Bar Association regarding your concerns.
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