I have a lawyer representing me for a traffic violation.
The lawyer told me not to go to appear in court because they were going to take care of everything.
That was a month ago; the drop dead to appear in court was today 8/30/2013. I never got an update when he was going to court or the status of my case; even-though, I asked a few times, and the Agreement and terms of retainer spell out that I will get an e-mail informing me of the trial date.
Today, I called the office; the Lawyer answer and he said that he was not in the office and could not give me any information because the file was not in his hand. To call next Tuesday, or we will e-mail info.
All the reviews on-line on this lawyer appear to be good…he gets good grades on "Keeping clients informed"; however, I would give him 0 on a rating from 0-9. Consequently, things are not making sense.
I am wondering what my consequences are, if the lawyer did not appear in court and took care of my citation? Is he trying to get more money? Will I get a penalty from court if he did not try to take care of the citation because it was the drop dead timeline? I feel I want to change lawyers immediately before the situation gets more complicated because I was not informed "still in the dark and the timeline is gone". I like to get informed as e contract spell out.
Please advice on what my options are?
Thank you all.