All Right, I'm a Lawyer: What Do I Ask?
December 28, 2010 7:18 AM Subscribe
What specifically happens between a lawyer and his client once the client commits a crime?
posted by amicamentis to law & government (15 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
I have always been curious about the protocol (if any) followed by a lawyer once his or her client is arrested or under suspicion for a crime. How much does it depend on the individual lawyer or firm?
What kinds of questions does the lawyer ask? How does he or she make sure to get all of the relevant details? How much time does this take? What instructions are given to the client?
If the lawyer hears about something that may negatively impact their case ("I stashed the bloody towel in a neighbor's shed, the police haven't looked there yet") what is their obligation in that situation?
I understand that there may not be any one general way but am hoping to hear how real-life is different than TV.