As a Tarrant County criminal defense lawyer I am bound to follow certain rules that will protect you as a defendant.
However, there are also things defendants can do to help ensure their criminal representation goes smoothly.
It’s important for your attorney to get the full picture. To do that, the attorney must know all of the facts.
As criminal defense lawyers, we are bound by law and ethical codes to ensure everything you tell us is kept confidential.
Were it not for these rules, defendants would not be forthright with their defense counsel.
You may be asked to write down anything that you can recall about the crime you have been accused of including witness details, what you told the police, and any other details. If you hide important facts from your attorney, he or she may find it harder to defend you against the allegations when they are made by the other side.
An article in Nolo points out it’s the job of the judge or the jury to decide if you are being truthful or not.
Some defendants fear their attorney will abandon them if they are candid. This is not the case.
Private criminal defense attorneys as well as public defenders are committed to making sure they get the best possible outcomes for their clients. The personal views of an attorney are irrelevant in this regard.
It’s your attorney’s job to fight for you. Even when you admit guilt, there are often circumstances that can help mitigate your sentence. Your attorney will make a case for leniency before the court.
As well as being honest with your attorney, there are other important do’s and don’ts that you should follow if you have been arrested.
Make sure to stay away from witnesses or people who are investigating your case. You could be accused of seeking to tamper with evidence or influencing the case against you.
You should also avoid placing yourself in any situation that could get you arrested again on the same criminal charge. If you have been charged with an assault in a bar, don’t return to the same place and avoid situations where you could be compromised.