What To Expect When You Sue Your Former Legal Team

Legal impropriety is a blanketing phrase which covers anything from perjury of oneself in court to a legal conspiracy to a judge taking bribes to give lighter or heavier sentences than similar cases typically receive. If you feel that your current legal team has not acted in your or your family member's best interests or has conspired to incarcerate you or your family member, you have a right to sue. Your biggest roadblock, however, will be to prove that something untoward has occurred. Here is what you can expect when you need to fire a previous lawyer and/or sue for legal impropriety or conspiracy.

Pennsylvania's "Cash for Kids" Scandal

An example of a true legal conspiracy, the "cash for kids" scandal in Pennsylvania gained national media attention when outraged parents decided to sue. If they had not taken action, hired a private investigator to do some digging and hired criminal lawyers to defend their families (lawyers who did not work for the firms involved in the scandal), more kids would have ended up in the juvenile detention centers where they did not belong. The first step in your particular case is to uncover any commonalities shared with others in your area and the miscarriage of justice in their cases. A private investigator (one that does not work for the suspected abusers of justice) is an absolute must for uncovering these connections.

Finding Enough Connections to Sue

With the evidence gathered by your private investigator, you can take the evidence to your new lawyer to find out if your case is strong enough to pursue. Obviously, if there are just several "coincidences" and not any hard links connecting potentially corrupt judges and lawyers, you may not have enough "burden of proof" to sue just yet. Your PI may have to keep digging, but your lawyer can hold onto stacks of files that show the connections you want your lawyer to pursue. Once there are enough connections and solid evidence, your attorney can file the paperwork to sue the courts, the judges and any court-appointed attorneys that may have maligned you.

Long, Drawn-out Battles

The handful of legal conspiracies that have come to light the last several decades show that such things can happen. However, the battles that follow are long and drawn-out because the judges and lawyers named in the lawsuits are defending their livelihoods and careers, and such accusations can ruin them or get them disbarred. Be prepared for a lengthy trial, and unexpected outcomes. Also be prepared for the possibility of a settlement out of court. Your criminal lawyer, such as Halverson & Sheehy, PLLC, can best advise you on what to do if you are offered a deal rather than a hearing.