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Why You Shouldn't Withhold Information from Your Defense Attorney

A criminal defense attorney in the Denver, CO area can prepare an effective legal strategy to defend you from all sorts of criminal charges—but only if he or she has a complete understanding of the case. Felony attorneys are accustomed to their clients trying to present the facts in a different light, but this is never a good idea, regardless of the client’s guilt or innocence. Sharing the full, unembellished story with your lawyer gives you the best chance of a favorable outcome. legal - defense

Your effective legal defense requires all available information.

Quite simply, your criminal defense attorney can’t defend you properly if you withhold information. Your lawyer can only build a defense based on the information you provide, witness statements, physical evidence recovered by the police, and the lawyer’s knowledge of the law. If your felony attorney doesn’t have all of the facts—or has exaggerated information—your legal defense won’t hold up during trial. On the other hand, if you do cooperate with your lawyer, he or she can prepare to deal with the unfavorable information that may come to light during the trial.

Your lawyer won’t decline to represent you simply because of your honesty.

Some criminal defendants worry that their lawyers will quit the case if they know that their clients are guilty. Nothing can be further from the truth. Lawyers choose to handle criminal cases because they firmly believe in every person’s right to legal defense. Criminal defense lawyers are fully aware that not all of their clients are innocent. If lawyers only took cases in which the defendants were surely innocent, their law practices would quickly go out of business. On the other hand, if your lawyer discovers that you withheld crucial information, he or she may be less enthusiastic about representing you.

The discovery of false information can be more damaging than the truth.

If you provide certain facts that are later discovered to be less than truthful, the consequences could be devastating for your case. If you’ve taken the witness stand, you might face additional charges of perjury. If the jury finds out that you tried to conceal the truth, they might assume that the rest of your defense is questionable.

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