Withdrawal Of Counsel

A criminal defense attorney can withdraw from representation of a client for due cause only and with court permission. Not getting paid is not considered good cause. In some states, an attorney can make a special appearance at arraignment for the purpose of limiting the representation to that one hearing. Good cause is any situation in which the attorney believes that further representation will cause unavoidable damage to his or her client’s interests or presents a substantial ethical dilemma for the attorney. Since an attorney is considered to be an officer of the court, he cannot put on knowingly false testimony.

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