Defense Attorney Ethics

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When questioning the ethical responsibilities of the defense attorney, the biggest question is it ethical for a defense attorney to represent a person believed to be guilty. The best thing will be to understand their responsibilities as a defense attorney. The accused person has the right to be represented in a trail and the defense attorney has a duty to represent the accused, regardless to their belief if the accused is guilty or not guilty. It is the duty of an unbiased jury to wisely decide if the accused of the crime had committed the crime beyond a reasonable doubt. One once said,” That it was better to have ten criminals escape punishment than to have one innocent person imprisoned.” To achieve this it will be ideal to keep the government honest; doing so without convictions by false statements, planted evidence or lying witnesses. Even if the accused person of the crime, is in fact guilty of the crime. It will be completely impossible to figure out the difference if the government to cheat in order to imprison one. The defense attorney’s job does not change regardless of whether the accused is guilty of the crime. The obligations of the criminal defense attorney are to advice their client of all the possible outcomes if they were to testify or not; the client has the right to testify on their behalf. The attorney must also inform them of their consequences of testifying; cannot forbid them from testifying. It will be unethical for a defense to stop the accused from taking the stand no matter how damaging the case may be. One thing to remember is that is not the job for the defense attorney to feel whether the accused is guilty or not. As addition to the week one paper, my son case was worked on by an appointed defense attorney; I was told many times by his attorney that she knew the prosecutor that was handling the case. I personally feel that his
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