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Attorney-Client Confidentiality 1 Attorney-client confidentiality is a requirement that is put on the legal representative of a client which states that the attorney is disallowed from sharing any information regarding communications, conversations or letters between the client and his representation. This is done so that a client is able to speak plainly and in a honest and forward fashion with his or her attorney without being in fear of future prosecution for the communications that they had together. This is a very important aspect of the criminal justice system. Without a client feeling that he or she can freely and honestly speak to the attorney on the case, it would make it very difficult for the attorney to be able to competently represent the client in a criminal case. It is imperative that regardless of guilt that a defendant feel able to be forthright with the attorney. The attorney can then determine what if any of the evidence that the
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Unformatted text preview: prosecutor has that will actually be able to be used to attain a conviction against the client. It could also help the attorney in being able to know what, if any, type of plea bargain that his or her client might be willing to take. This open sharing of information is a way for the client to also be protected. This is done in a variety of ways. If the client is truly innocent of the charges, then the attorney can help protect the client from accidentally incriminating him or her self. This can also help the attorney determine what questions to ask and what questions to avoid if the case is taken to trial and the defendant makes the decision to testify. Also, as stated earlier, because this information is held under a confidentiality agreement between the attorney and the client, the attorney cannot take the information that he gained to a court of law at a later time to attempt to have the client persecuted under another charge....
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