Does the Defendant Have the Right to Partially Represent Himself and Partially Represented by a Lawyer ?

In Logan v. State, 846 So. 2d 472 (Fla. 2003), a criminal defendant challenged the trial court's decision to deny both a pro se motion to dismiss the charges and a pro se motion for bond reduction after the defendant's counsel refused to adopt the motions. The Court explained that the Sixth Amendment does not "guarantee that the accused can make his own defense personally and have the assistance of counsel." Id. at 474 (quoting State v. Tait, 387 So. 2d 338, 339-40 (Fla. 1980)). The Court also cited with approval a statement by the Fifth District Court of Appeal that "the defendant, under appropriate circumstances, has the constitutional right to waive counsel and represent himself. The defendant has no right, however, to partially represent himself and, at the same time, be partially represented by counsel." Id. at 475 (quoting Sheppard v. State, 391 So. 2d 346, 347 (Fla. 5th DCA 1980)). With the exception of a defendant's pro se motion to discharge his or her court-appointed attorney, any pro se pleading that is not adopted by the defendant's counsel is unauthorized and a nullity. See: Knarich v. State 866 So. 2d 165, 167 (Fla. 2d DCA 2004) (noting that where counsel refused to endorse a pro se motion to disqualify the judge, the trial court permitted defendant to act as co-counsel for purposes of the motion); Turner v. State, 598 So. 2d 186, 186 (Fla. 1st DCA 1992) ("Although the appellant had appointed counsel, his motion to disqualify the trial judge was filed pro se.In the motion, he requested permission to serve as his own co-counsel for purposes of the motion. by entertaining the motion on the merits, the judge implicitly granted this request.").