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Criminal Defense News: Ineffective Counsel, Appointed Lawyer Not Licensed

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A former Washington inmate claims in a lawsuit that he pleaded guilty to two felony charges after getting bad advice from an appointed lawyer who wasn’t licensed in the state. The form for appointment of counsel listed bar numbers for two other lawyers but not for Van Idour, according to the suit.

A lawyer named Robert Van Idour is licensed in Idaho. The suit alleges violation of the inmate's Sixth Amendment right to effective assistance of counsel under Section 1983 of the Civil Rights Act.

The inmate says he pleaded guilty to both charges after the lawyer told him that he had no defense. He was incarcerated for 19 months and notified by the county that he would have to pay for Van Idour’s representation. It wasn’t until the inmate decided to challenge payment for the legal services that he discovered that the lawyer didn’t have a law license in Washington, the suit says.

When everything is on the line, from your freedom, to your ability to be there for your family and friends, to your job and you reputation - you need a Criminal Defense team that will fight for you and leave no stone unturned to get you justice and a fresh start. If you have any questions at all about your criminal matter and how you can face your charges head on, please give us a call at (201) 529-8024. We want to hear your story.

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