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I Already Have An Attorney, But I Am Not Happy With The Attorney. What Are My Options?

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I ALREADY HAVE AN ATTORNEY, BUT I AM NOT HAPPY WITH THE ATTORNEY. WHAT ARE MY OPTIONS?

This can be a difficult situation. Most criminal defense lawyers charge a flat fee and are reluctant to return the fee after it is paid. If you find yourself in this situation, you should start by having a frank discussion with the lawyer. Tell the lawyer why you are not satisfied. You should also read your fee contract and you may suggest that the lawyer return a portion of your fee so that you can hire another lawyer. If the problem is significant, you should contact the State Bar Association at (800) 932-1900 to determine if the State Bar can be of any assistance.

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