My question involves malpractice by a lawyer in the state of: OREGON
I got a theft 3, the court waived my PD fee, after the first court date my PD's wife/secretary told me she would send the police report in the mail for me to go over, 2 1/2 weeks later all that came was a Petition to enter a guilty plea.
On 6/22/09 i went back to court, my PD then told me that I was suppose to have the $75 diversion app. fee/$250 court costs/$100 fine and $250 for court appointed counsel!! I said that I have no job, no money, and I'm not going to sign that agreement knowing that i can't fullfill it
My PD started getting hostile(from what i got) towards me when i starting asking ?'s about having to pay him $250 for less then 10 mins. of contact.
I also asked what the court costs(county assessment-which i understand-, LEMI, etc.) Is etc a legitmate fine definition? What;s LEMI? why does LEMI me $250.
The next day i called my PD his wife/secretary she got mad and hung up on me for mispronouncing his name, i called back she said she was going to look up my file a call back, never did, went to the office the day after that left a not on the board, called left a message, no response.
Pretty much can he really charge me $250 for 10 mins of time?? I think it's a little excessive and unreasonable??
Do i have the right to know about specific court costs?, not etc.
What happened to if you cannot afford an atty, the state will provide one. Since i have no income and had the PD application was waived from day one after the financial info i gave to them came back saying I WAS POOR, how could i suddenly have hundreds off $$ at the drop of a hat.
I know i went on, and on but iam so lost and feel like the very small town i live in is abusing me for being clueless. any advice would be so helpful. thanks