What do I Tell my Criminal or DUI Defense Attorney?

In short, you need to tell your criminal defense attorney everything you know about the case. When you interview with your defense attorney, whether you hiring that attorney or not, your conversation in protected under the Attorney-Client Privilege. What this means is that your defense attorney can not share any information you confide to him or her with anyone including the police, prosecutors or others. The exception to this rule is to advise others working in your defense with your attorney in order to assist you. This is done on a need to know basis.

It is important that you give your criminal defense attorney all the information that you have including not only things favorable to you but those things that are detrimental to your case. Defense attorneys understand that have made a mistake. It is unlikely that you can tell your defense attorney anything that he or she has not heard before. You must put aside embarrassment, guilt or thoughts of protecting others at your own expense to inform your defense attorney of your situation in the same way you would divulge information to your doctor about your health concerns. Remember, your attorney is on your side and he or she is not there to judge you. There is someone in a black robe that will do that. Your criminal defense attorney only wants to gather information to best assist you in your case.

Some clients express concern that if they tell “the bad things” or “admit guilt” that the attorney will not work as hard for them or will judge them. Again, we can only give you the best advice and develop the best strategies for your defense if we have correct information. The one place an attorney never wants to find out that a client has not been truthful is in the courtroom, by then it is too late to correct the problem.


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