Should You Tell Your Lawyer If You are Guilty?
When you’re a client, your lawyer is the person who is supposed to help you. They are supposed to be on your side and fight for you in court. That’s why it can be so stressful when they find out you’ve done something wrong or illegal.
Why Clients Should Tell Their Lawyers
Your lawyer needs to know the truth, whether you’re innocent or guilty. Your lawyer can help you if you’re clear and will be able to help you with any charges related to the crime in question.
If it turns out that there was no crime committed at all, then there would be no reason for your lawyer to take action against you (unless they feel like they need some revenge).
If, however, someone had accused and arrested an innocent person for a crime that never happened and got away with it by tricking everyone involved into thinking something had happened when nothing had happened.
Why Clients Might Not Want to Tell Their Lawyers
It’s not just the clients who might want to keep a secret. Lawyers sometimes fear being judged or losing their jobs if they know about a client’s crimes.
Lawyers may also worry that saying something could affect their relationship with the client in ways they don’t expect. They might think their relationship will be destroyed or become more distant than before because of what happened at work or in court cases where they represented someone else’s interests instead of theirs.
Consequences of Hiding the Truth
A lawyer might be able to defend you in court, but not if they are aware that the case has been compromised.
If your lawyer knows that the evidence against you is not credible and does not support their theory of how the events unfolded, then they won’t be able to put forward a strong defense for you.
It means that even if there were some mitigating circumstances involved (e.g., self-defense), your side still wouldn’t have much of an argument as according to Canada’s self-defense laws.
Getting off on manslaughter charges goes on because everyone would believe what happened was intentional murder instead of accidental manslaughter.
In conclusion, if you find yourself in a situation where you need to disclose a secret that affects your case, it’s important to remember that your lawyer will be the one who needs to know first.
You shouldn’t take it lightly because your lawyer may have access to more information than you do (and so may have important insights into your case).
Also, if it looks like they might not be on board with what is going on, then there are other options available for you, which might better protect everyone involved.
We hope this article has helped give you insight into when and why lawyers should know about things they don’t want them to know about!