Question Details:What actions would I need to take? My cousin is jail and I got a better lawyer then the public defender. The public defender isnt doing anything.
In Pennsylvania, the public defender would simply sign and private counsel would file a Withdrawal of Appearance. Simultaneously, the private attorney would sign and file an Entry of Appearnce with the Prothonotary of the local Court of Common Pleas. Because its a public defender, it is rather easy.
The new attorney just needs to file a motion to substitute as counsel. Even though it's a motion which requires the court's approval, they are almost always approved if it means the taxpayers are off the hook for a defendant's defense. This is not a difficult procedure and the new attorney should know how to complete the paperwork. If they don't know how to sub in, I would be concerned that this is not the right attorney for your brother's case.