The more money a defendant has, the better the chances of having a dream team defense. Shamefully, $10 or 15 thousand dollars to an attorney is not considered a lot of money. This is why my son and I are thinking of going pro se.
What is pro se representation?
Pro se representation is when the defendant in a criminal case chooses to represent themselves in a court of law. Instead of relying on a lawyer for representation and advice, a pro se defendant researches and argues their case in front of the judge and the jury. A defendant who represents themselves in court is called a “pro se defendant.”(http://www.legalmatch.com/law-library/article/advantages-and-disadvantages-of-pro-se-criminal-representation.html#sthash.QGwvIRu2.dpuf)
A punishment for the poor
We’ve heard it in the movies a thousand times – “You have the right to an attorney.” But in most states there is little guaranteed that poor defendants will receive a competent one. Our nation’s death penalty system is littered with shocking examples of lawyers who were drunk, asleep, or completely inexperienced. Most people cannot afford a “dream team” of expensive lawyers. When court-appointed lawyers lack the experience or resources to do an effective job in a capital case, their mistakes can cost a life. (http://ejusa.org/learn/indigent%2Bdefense)
I thought that when I paid $15000 for my son’s first attorney, all would be well. It never dawned on me that the attorney would not conduct an investigation nor even prepare for the trial.
The second and third attorney followed suit. I paid $18000 and $10000 respectively
Additionally, we lost the appeal (another $18000)
It is my opinion that 3 of 4 these attorneys (I am not sure about one of these attorneys) committed fraud upon the court and corrupted the legal process?
How do I now know who to trust next?
What do we do now?
My thoughts are of going pro se.
The groups of attorneys that we chose were all friends and most likely part of the Good Ol’ Boy Society. None of them bothered to investigate the case. Rather they just followed what the first attorney and prosecutor said.
I feel that we could do a better job. It definitely couldn’t be any worse.
The right to an attorney is one of the basic hallmarks of our justice system. But it’s not justice at all when a select few can hire a “dream team” of expensive lawyers and everyone else is lucky if theirs is competent. When a life is on the line, good luck isn’t good enough.(EJUSA)