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    Default Pro-Bono Attorney Quits One Month Before Trial

    My question involves criminal law for the state of: Georgia.

    My step-brother's attorney quit because he found pay work, and he was working Pro-Bono. My stepbrother has not hired a new attorney due to lack of funds. So what will happen when his court case starts? The attorney quit one month before the trial date. Will the case just be delayed, so they can appoint a state attorney? Or will my stepbrother have to defend himself now?

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    Default Re: Pro-Bono Attorney Quits One Month Before Trial

    is this a criminal case or a civil case? Did the attorney give the court notice of the intent to abandon the case or more properly, request to be allowed to drop the case?
    I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.

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    Default Re: Pro-Bono Attorney Quits One Month Before Trial

    This is a criminal case and it's a felony type of case. He gave the court notice and he's now working for people who are paying him.

    EDIT: Also, my stepbrother has his court date tomorrow and he now has no attorney, so I don't know what the court will do.

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    Default Re: Pro-Bono Attorney Quits One Month Before Trial

    If he had filed an appearance, he would have had to have been released by the court. If he was released by the court, his involvement in the case is over.

    When a criminal defendant needs a lawyer and cannot afford one, he can petition the court to appoint a lawyer to represent him.

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    Default Re: Pro-Bono Attorney Quits One Month Before Trial

    So does that mean his case will get pushed back further if he goes to trial tomorrow without an attorney?

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    Default Re: Pro-Bono Attorney Quits One Month Before Trial

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    So does that mean his case will get pushed back further if he goes to trial tomorrow without an attorney?
    That depends on what your stepbrother says. If he refuses an attorney, it can proceed. If he wants an attorney, the court will (should) give him an opportunity to either apply for a public defender or hire new counsel.
    I am not an attorney and any advice is not to be construed as legal advice. You might even want to ignore my advice. Actually, there are plenty of real attorneys that you might want to ignore as well.

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    Default Re: Pro-Bono Attorney Quits One Month Before Trial

    ^ Okay, thanks. He is going to be asking for a public defender now. I just don't know how long it will be before he gets another court date.

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