Thank you for asking me “How do you Represent Guilty People?”
Criminal Defense Lawyering 101: Never ask your client if they are guilty.
Why? Because it is not a criminal defense lawyer’s job to determine guilt or innocence (that duty is left to the trier of fact, be it a Judge or a Jury) and in any event it shouldn’t matter to a criminal defense lawyer whether the client is guilty or not.
As a general rule I shouldn’t have any personal knowledge of or any personal stake in anything that occurred before the representation began.
But once the representation starts it is my job – it’s my sworn duty – to ensure that my client’s rights are respected from that moment forward. It’s also my job to make sure that any abuses that may have occurred before I got involved are remedied afterward.
My job is to take the State to task. I’m there to require the government to produce any and all evidence in the case and then to scrutinize, question and challenge it. I have to verify that all procedures were followed and that my client’s rights were respected. I have to look for any viable basis upon which to levy a challenge to the State’s case, be it a legal, factual, procedural or a substantive attack. I am obligated to seek out possible defense evidence and then to present it in the light most favorable to my client.
As a criminal defense lawyer I have a very serious job to do, and that is to stand up to the full might, weight and force of the government, with all of it’s power and resources, on behalf of my individual client.
Criminal defense lawyers are liberty’s champion, but we are not Judges or Jurors and we do not determine guilt.
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