On occasion, a person will be dissatisfied with the lawyer that represents them in criminal law proceedings. The reasons someone wants to obtain a new lawyer are various. Reasons to want to obtain a new lawyer include the following: my lawyer does not communicate with me (the lawyer does not return phone calls, emails, and/or text messages); my lawyer does not adequately address my questions; my lawyer will not provide me with discovery materials; my lawyer will not file motions that I think are appropriate; my lawyer does not fight on my behalf; my lawyer is not on my side; there has been a breakdown in the attorney-client relationship; the lawyer has a conflict of interest; etc., etc..
One of the main disadvantages of having a public defender is that the representation you receive is the luck (or un-luck) of the draw. Generally, the Defendant has no choice in terms of the public defender assigned to the case. The lawyer may or may not provide great representation. The lawyer may or may not care about the result you obtain. The lawyer may or may not try and get you to plead guilty, rather than go to trial, because a trial requires a lot more work.
When a Defendant wants a new lawyer, there are a couple ways to go about the issue. The best way is to hire a lawyer that gives you the confidence that the case is being handled in a thorough, experienced, professional manner. If you have the ability to hire a lawyer, take the time to figure out if you and your prospective lawyer are compatible. Does the lawyer have the experience needed to handle the particular type of case that you have? What is the reputation of the lawyer? Does the lawyer seem to know his or her stuff? Will the lawyer handle the case, or will it be assigned to an associate lawyer?