My question involves criminal law for the state of: PA
Is it possible to bring court proceedings back to the preliminary stage once it's at the pretrial conference level? I had a horrible lawyer who was unprepared and didn't ask the correct questions during the prelim hearings. He never returned my calls and barely knew the case. So I got rid of him and the new lawyer says it's harder to fight the case now because the first lawyer didn't ask the officer the right questions and the charges could have been dropped easily. Now it has to go to trial because he says we can only dispute what was said during the prelims and since he didn't ask the right questions, it's nothing to dispute.
Can I do something to say the first lawyer was incompetent to have it brought back to the preliminary stage? Any other options to prevent going to trial?