My question involves criminal law for the state of: I'd rather not say
I have a few concerns regarding what's construed as a lawyer doing his job appropriately and what isn't. I am currently going through a criminal defense lawyer for being falsely charged with something I did not do (theft). While I am overly-analytical on a lot of things, I am questioning my lawyer's actions. Firstly, I have been to court a total of 3 times so far. (arraignment and two motions) and my lawyer (only been to court with him once, his partner filled in twice), have been late twice out of 3 times. The arraignment was fine. His partner was there waiting for me. The second motion, his partner filled in again and was 15 minutes late. When my name/case was called, I had to go up to the podium and tell the judge that my lawyer was running late (even though my lawyer told me he supposedly told the court). Then the last time I went to a hearing, my lawyer's office called me and told me he would be running a "bit" late when it ended up being an hour late. I had to speak with the prosecutor myself and tell her that my lawyer was running late. I then mentioned it to my lawyer and he brushed it off as if it wasn't a big deal. It ended up benefiting us in the long run because we had the whole courtroom to ourselves and the hearing lasted an hour (the other cases were out of the day). But wouldn't that look bad on our part in front of the judge?
My lawyer barely gets back to me when I contact him. I usually have to follow up 2 or 3 times. He has been filing many motions and they do send the court paperwork to me promptly. I am just concerned about the way things are being handled, especially in the courtroom. I am definitely in too deep and the case is close to going to trial and I have spent my last nickel on this case. I would just like some feedback as in if this sounds like a standard practice in criminal lawyers.
Disclaimer: I understand lawyers are only human too and can be late, and I understand that they have much work to do so my case may not be "high on the priority list."