What should you tell a criminal defense attorney? You've been involved in a situation that may put your future on the line. No matter how bad the situation is, you have a right to have legal representation in a court of law. Ultimately, only you remain in control over what happens. You have to make all of the decisions. However, there are some reasons why you may want to tell your lawyers everything, and other cases when it may not be necessary to do so. It's up to you to find a lawyer that you trust enough to work with and open up to, as well.
Any Evidence Out There
Are there videos of you committing a crime? Are there Facebook status updates that you made that could incriminate you? If there is any evidence that you committed a crime and are facing charges based on that evidence, you need to be upfront with your lawyer about it. It is better for your criminal defense attorney to have all of the information and evidence upfront, so that he or she can make the right decision when helping to defend you. The last thing you want is for your defense to fall flat during the trial because evidence you knew about comes to light which you failed to tell your lawyer.
Anyone Who Is Out to Get You
You think your friend will not say anything against you. You know that guy is scared of you and will not talk. That's for the movies. Nearly anyone who is put in a position to choose between themselves and you will choose to protect themselves. For example, if there is a witness who you think is your close friend, and he or she has a record, the police could offer to drop charges against that individual if he talks about you. That's the type of situation that is likely to happen. Tell your lawyer about any person who could take down your case.
Information That Could Help You
What information can help you to win this case? Most likely, you do not know what this is, but when you are open and honest with your criminal defense attorney, he or she may be able to use this information to help you to win your case. It's important to be upfront and honest so that you can avoid any of the complications that tend to occur because of omitted information.