Misrepresentation is the act of stating false facts or data about a person to attain benefits from another. Misrepresentation is considered to be a crime. Lawyers who state false facts about their client misrepresent them.
If you know that your lawyer is misrepresenting you, follow the steps below to attain justice.
- Evaluate the situation. It is important to evaluate what happened before jumping into conclusions. Ask a different lawyer or a counselor about misrepresentation. Narrate the situation to them. Do not hesitate to ask questions. Once you have guaranteed that your lawyer has in fact committed this crime, gather some evidence.
- Gathering evidence. Paper documents are good evidence to file for misrepresentation of a lawyer. If you notice that your lawyer states untrue or false data about your case against another, then he is misrepresenting you. The contract between you and your lawyer is a strong evidence against your lawyer. Make sure you have a copy that has the signature of your lawyer. If there are recordings of the trial wherein your lawyer states false data, get a hold of it to have a strong case against your lawyer. Witnesses will also strengthen your case against your lawyer. It is important however to contact your witnesses and explain to them what you are about to do. Do not force them to talk against your lawyer. Remember that you are involving the lives of not only your witnesses but their families as well. Cases against lawyers can sometimes be risky. Make sure that they know first what they are getting themselves into.
- Look for a more trustworthy lawyer. Ask your friends and family members if they know a more reliable lawyer. You can also hire a family friend to represent you. Make sure you know the person before hiring him. Then, you can ask the lawyer’s past clients for feedback. If the lawyer is trustworthy enough, chances are his clients will recommend him.
- Talk with your new lawyer. It is important to talk to your new lawyer about your case against your former lawyer. There are some lawyers who do not want to represent clients who are against lawyers. Make sure your lawyer knows all the details of your previous case. Point out the misrepresentation done by your previous lawyer. It is important that your new lawyer knows your previous case to be able to defend you properly. Chances are, your new lawyer will ask you more questions to help you in making your case become stronger against your former lawyer.
- File for misrepresentation. You can choose to file for misrepresentation or have your new lawyer do this for you. Remember that it may take a while before your case is opened. Be patient.
- Be strong. Your former lawyer will probably hire one of the best lawyers to defend him. Stand on your ground. If the jury notices that you will not back out, chances are they will favor your side.
Also, maintain some distance from your former lawyer. Avoid talking to him whenever you see him somewhere. You do not want arguments to happen outside the courtroom.