“The Truth, The Whole Truth, And Nothing But The Truth.”
We’ve all heard the words in the context of a court proceeding, but it is also crucial when speaking with your attorney. Your attorney needs the whole story, and not just the version that makes you less culpable. There is nothing worse than going to a prosecutor with wrong or incomplete information, only to find out that there is more to the story.
Your attorney needs to know EVERYTHING. Did you give a statement? Are there witnesses that could exonerate you? Or is there potential evidence in existence? It is your attorney’s job to decide what is relevant, not yours. Your job is to tell your attorney everything. Whether it is bad or good we need to know. Your attorney’s approach to the case will be drastically different depending on the facts. If they do not get the whole picture or an inaccurate picture they may approach the case from the wrong angle. You may think that you are protecting yourself or you may not trust your attorney, but your information is protected by attorney-client privilege and confidentiality so you can rest assured that your information is safe. However, without the whole truth your attorney cannot adequately represent you.
There may be defenses that are available to you, but without all of the information your attorney may miss them. So, before you decide to hold back from your attorney, or you fabricate a story that makes you look better remember you may do serious damage to your case.