On behalf of a friend here, her attorney (private pay), keeps continuing her cases. She has a lot of pending charges that are misdemeanor (traffic) with some being felony (drug - marijuana). The lawyer feels that a plea deal can be reached that would give her the strictest of probation (no jail time). She has been in jail for 3 months as her attorney attempts to sit down / meet with the prosecutor to discuss. Each time her family touches base with the lawyer, they get the same response - the lawyer is trying to get with the prosecutor who has been real busy handling trial cases, the prosecutor went on vacation, the prosecutor is in court, etc. It seems as though the lawyer, who appears to be very busy with cases herself, is not making her client, my friend, a priority, since my friend is in jail. The family is having regrets hiring this attorney due to some other issues that raise the question of professionalism, but they cannot afford to retain another attorney and aren't sure if a public defender(s) may hurt or help things more?
How long does it typically take a lawyer and prosecutor to reach plea agreements?
What is involved in doing so?
Why is her attorney continuing her cases? The attorney has been continuing one of her cases since June (for a charge that was incurred in January 2014)
What can my friend do to help her case while she sits in jail? I suggested to her that she get into church services or bible studies while in there, get a mental evaluation if possible, drug and alcohol classes if offered, and any other classes or activities that she can get involved with, mainly to help herself and hopefully the judge / prosecutor will look favorably on? Not sure if they offer these in jail?
Any advice is appreciated.