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Do I need a reason to fire my lawyer?

Answer: No, you do not. If you are dissatisfied with the job your lawyer is doing, you can replace your lawyer with a new one at any time. You do not need a reason. The right to counsel of choice includes the constitutional right to discharge your lawyer for any reason or no reason.  You do not need to show 'good cause".

However, don't wait until the last minute to do this.  In other words, if your case is about to go to trial and you try to fire your lawyer the day before, the Judge will probably rule that you have waited too long and that it would cause a significant delay for a new lawyer to be brought up to speed.  A Judge must rule on the replacement of counsel, unless it's early enough in the proceedings. Your lawyer has an ethical obligation to inform the court that you do not want him or her representing you any longer.  

Most every lawyer I know has been replaced at one time or another by another lawyer. So if your are dissatisfied or uncomfortable with your lawyer, do not hesitate to get someone who you believe will be a better fit for you. 

Sometimes, firing your lawyer is the best thing you can do for yourself

In perhaps the most celebrated on-going case, comedian Bill Cosby fired his attorney in July of 2016, less than one year after retaining him as main defense counsel. The firing came after his defense team failed to get the prosecutor to dismiss criminal charges for rape. Cosby gave no specific reason or the dismissal, nor did he need to.

Call Landes & Julien in Jacksonville if your criminal defense attorney is failing you

The State of Florida and U.S. Constitution are clear that everyone accused of a crime has the right to receive vigorous, competent defense representation. If you are working with a Florida state or federal criminal defense lawyer you feel is not aggressively protecting your rights, you have the right to fire the law firm and seek other legal counsel.

Call attorney Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer Richard Landes to discuss your circumstances and get a free consultation about your next steps for an effective defense.

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