Hello and welcome back to Attorney Paz’s rants of a criminal defense attorney. This week, I want to talk about the lies that clients tell their lawyers – people who are representing them. You can read my transcript from my video rant about this topic, or watch the video on my Facebook page.
Lying Isn’t in Your Best Interest
And I’ll never forget the first time a client lied to me, it’s like the shot heard around the world. I was an intern at the Public Defender’s office and the client told me that he had a bed waiting for him to go to for substance abuse treatment. I don’t verify this independently, I take what he says for truth, and I tell this to the Court. But the bail commissioner says, “No he doesn’t have a bed, he has an appointment for an evaluation that he hasn’t gone to yet, but there is no bed for him.” And I was devastated that this guy lied to me. How could he lie to me? I was there to help him.
And I had another such example recently where a client who has lied to me in the past lied again and it’s gotten to the point where I don’t trust anything that the guy has to say. So it makes it a) take longer for me to represent you because I have to independently verify everything that you have to say, it doesn’t bode well for our relationship, the attorney-client relationship, because I don’t trust what you say, and then also I’m trying to do a thorough investigation into the claims that you may have and the allegations against you, and if I don’t have the whole story, I’m not able to adequately defend you.
So, long story short, stop lying to your attorneys. These are people that are trying to help you, these people cannot tell anybody else the things that you’re telling them. It doesn’t behoove anybody for you to lie to me, it just makes things take longer, and you can possibly mess up your case. So, that’s my rant for the day. If you have any questions about that, feel free to email me [email protected] and as always, take care, don’t get arrested, and see you soon.