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Should I tell my attorney the truth?

Can he still defend me in court if he knows that I did actually commit the crime? Or will he drop me as a client? The first time I talked to him I told him the "story" and not the truth.


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    Harry E. Hudson, Jr. | The Law Office of Harry E. Hudson, Jr.
    343 East Main Street, Suite 314
    Stockton, CA 95202
    (209) 463-9715
    Defense attorney's job is to represent you. That means, if he can legally and ethically do so, he gets you acquitted even if you did the crime and he knows it. Defense also means he tries to get the least severe charge and least severe sentence if he cannot get an acquital. I prefer to know.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/14/2013
    Francis John Cowhig | Universal Law Group, Inc.
    430 S. Garfield Avenue
    Alhambra, CA 91801
    (626) 308-9936
    You should ALWAYS tell your attorney the truth. The last thing that you or your attorney needs is to be surprised at trial by evidence he did not expect. Whether he will "drop you" or not is up to him, but most attorneys will represent you whether you are innocent or guilty.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/13/2013
    William R. Pelger | Pelger Law
    2108 West Street
    Munhall, PA 15120
    (412) 461-1900
    Always.
    Answer Applies to: Pennsylvania - Replied: 3/13/2013
    Mark Thiessen | Mark Thiessen, Attorney at Law
    1017 Heights Blvd.
    Houston, TX 77008
    (713) 428-2322
    Yes, you should tell your attorney the truth. He only has a duty to turn you in if you are going to commit a future crime, and he can't let you commit perjury. [ThLF-Email-Sig_final] This email contains PRIVILEGED and CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION intended only for the use of the recipient named above. The information may be protected by state and federal laws, including, without limitation, the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA), which prohibit unauthorized disclosure.
    Answer Applies to: Texas - Replied: 3/13/2013
    Terry Nelson | Nelson & Lawless
    2134 Main St., #130
    Huntington Beach, CA 92648
    (714) 960-7584
    No one is going to advise you to lie to your attorney. He probably will not ask if you are guilty. Your attorney expects you to tell the truth in response to any question he asks, because he needs to know your version of the story, and how you will testify about the facts and evidence to try to contradict how the prosecutor will present them.
    Answer Applies to: California - Replied: 3/13/2013
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