The Attorney-Client Privilege—Don’t Let Your Shame Keep You from Protecting Your Rights
When you’ve been arrested and charged with a crime, the embarrassment and shame you feel can make it difficult to talk about what you’ve done—even with your lawyer. Often, it’s not just the impact on your name and reputation, but the perceived harm you’ve done to loved ones as well. You can feel like the whole world is passing judgment on you, and it can make it hard to say the things you need to say to protect your rights and get on with your life.
Almost Everything You Say is in Confidence
Under the rules of ethics, nearly everything you say to your attorney is protected by rules of confidentiality. Your attorney typically cannot and will not disclose what you say to anyone else, including other attorneys, judges or other parties to a legal proceeding. There are some limits—if, for example, you indicate that you are planning on committing a crime, your lawyer would be duty bound to disclose.
It’s important to understand that your attorney is there to protect your interests. The best way that your attorney can defend you is to have knowledge of all relevant information. This helps your attorney prepare for the possibility that difficult or challenging issues will come up at trial. If you don’t tell your attorney about critical events, and those events are disclosed at trial, your attorney will be at a distinct disadvantage.
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