UOPX ADJ 235 - Attorneys’ Ethical Responsibility

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Attorneys Responsibility 1Attorneys’ Ethical ResponsibilityYour nameADJ/235Due dateInstructors nameAttorneys Responsibility 2Attorneys’ Ethical Responsibility The scenario presented in the text for this week’s checkpoint is not one that I would wish to be placed in. Those in the legal community are held to high ethical standards, and have a dutynot only to the client, but to the community as well. The first question presented in the scenario is: “what would you do?” Those who enter the legal field know what they are getting into; therefore, these types of situations should be expected. In the given situation, my loyalty has to be to my client. If I had the ability, I would withdraw myself from the case and ask that the client seek an alternate counsel. Since the legal community does not allow for an attorney to juststep down, this more than likely could not happen and I would be faced with taking the case to trial. Although the client has admitted guilt to me, his legal rights were not upheld during his arrest and following questioning. It is law enforcement’s duty to follow and enforce laws, just asit is my duty to see that my client’s rights are honored and that he or she receives a fair trial. In this situation, the officers who arrested my client did not properly complete their job. The second question asked in scenario one is: if my answer would be different if I was unsure of the client’s guilt. My actions would be the same in either situation but my conscience would be much more at ease if I believed my client was innocent. I could never put myself in the position to have to defend a guilty individual and put my morals in question. The only way I would defend a guilty individual is to plead for a lesser

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