If a person is facing a criminal charge and goes to a lawyer for help, there may be some reservations about being honest with the situation. Do you admit whether or not you were actually involved in the crime? Would the lawyer judge you for your actions? How much information should you reveal? Initially, it may seem that the best way to go is by concealing any information that you think would put you in a bad light; however, this mindset will only cause more harm than good in the long run. When you are meeting with a criminal defense lawyer, it’s important that you are open and honest about your situation.
ANY COMMUNICATION WITH YOUR LAWYER IS CONFIDENTIAL
Within the justice system, the “attorney-client privilege” means that any legal communication between you and the attorney is confidential. That means that any information that you provide to the lawyer cannot be repeated unless you provide consent. You will not have to worry about your attorney going to law enforcement and using any information against you or that the attorney will discuss your information with anyone else. Even if you decide to not continue to work with that lawyer, he/she cannot reveal any information that you previously disclosed without your permission.
BUILDING THE STRONGEST CASE ON YOUR BEHALF
Ultimately, it’s the criminal defense lawyer’s goal to give you the best result for your circumstances. However, that would be much more difficult to do if the lawyer does not have a full idea of the situation. Not providing necessary information to your lawyer will only make the lawyer’s job of building your case more challenging and cause more problems down the line. By having all the important information, the lawyer will be able to build a much stronger case for you.
HAVING A STRONG RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ATTORNEY
The lawyer is there to help you, not judge you. Even if you are guilty of some wrongdoing, you do not have to worry about the lawyer condemning you for your situation. In the end, by being open and honest, you will secure a stronger professional bond with your lawyer, which will help alleviate much of the stress with the legal process.
DO YOU NEED A LAS CRUCES CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER?
At McGraw Law & Associates, we are advocates for our clients and will do everything we can to build the strongest cases for them. We have helped many of our clients with their situations and we want to do the same for you. Contact us at (575) 323-1529 to schedule an appointment with one of our Las Cruces criminal defense lawyers.