“My Lawyer Told Me Not To Talk To Anyone About This Case”

by Jamison Koehler on November 8, 2012

One of the reasons I accept court appointments in juvenile cases – but not adult cases – is that the juveniles generally listen to you.  Even then, you can’t always take that for granted.

It was thus very gratifying to read the following exchange described in a psychiatric evaluation for a juvenile client. When the evaluator asked my client about the facts of the case that led to his arrest, my client’s response was:  “My lawyer told me not to talk to anyone about this case.”

We take our victories where we can. This was from a child. The next step is to get my educated adult clients to also heed this advice.

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Let's think November 12, 2012 at 9:57 pm

Good for your client? Yes, and what’s good for your client should be your goal.

But is it good for society if his “only with my lawyer” attitude leads to getting away with crime?

Austin November 13, 2012 at 1:34 pm

@Let’s Think: Obviously, you’re new to the Internet (because I refuse to believe anyone would troll). The criminal defense process is expressedly about protecting the innocent, as wrongly punishing someone is exponentially worse then letting someone “get away with crime.” If evidence exists beyond a reasonable doubt, the defendant is punished, but it’s not the defendants job (and particularly not his lawyer) to help that process along.

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