You Have Been Convicted Of A Crime – It Might Be Your Attorney’s Fault
There are times when a person charged with a crime is convicted, in spite of the defense attorney’s best efforts, even when the lawyer is talented and focused. However, there are some cases of conviction that are a direct result of incompetence or malpractice on the part of the attorney.
If you have been charged with a crime, what do you do if you have the feeling your attorney is not doing his or her job adequately? Especially when you are working with a public defender, it is entirely possible that you are receiving inadequate representation and advocacy. What should you do?
The first thing you should do is talk with me. I am Paul Matthew Morgan, a board certified criminal defense attorney certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, serving clients in Houston, Texas, and the surrounding areas. I can look at your case and determine the best approach you can take. If it isn’t the same approach that your current attorney is taking, you might want to consider trading up.
Some common signs of ineffective counsel can include:
- Lack of respect: If you’re paying attention, it’s usually pretty clear if other attorneys and judges involved with your case don’t respect your attorney. These are the people who work with your lawyer regularly, so they would know whether this person is deserving of respect.
- Lack of communication: If your attorney seems disconnected and doesn’t listen to your story or take time with you, this is an alarming sign. Another bad sign is if your lawyer makes significant decisions regarding your defense without talking with you about it first.
- Lack of preparation: If your attorney gives the general impression of not knowing what’s going on in the courtroom or other situations, it’s possible he or she really doesn’t know what’s going on.
- Lack of timeliness: One clear sign of incompetence is the failure to file documents on time. This can cause major problems in your case.
If you have seen any of these or other signs that your lawyer might not be providing you with adequate counsel, talk with another attorney you can trust. I have experience, knowledge and a track record of successful criminal defense cases. I can provide you with the legal representation you need.