Lawyers and clients don’t always agree. In fact, they often butt heads over strategy. A criminal case affects no one’s life more than the client’s, but the lawyer is the one with the expertise. So, what happens when an attorney and client just can’t get on the same page? There are certain choices
Lawyers speak for their clients in court. They also speak for them outside it. Under lawyers’ professional rules, clients must communicate with represented opposing parties through their lawyers rather than directly. So prosecutors, for instance, contact the lawyers of represented defendants to discuss
The most basic principle underlying the lawyer-client relationship is that lawyer-client communications are privileged, or confidential. But clients need to make sure they don’t inadvertently give up that protection.