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Cedric, Criminal Defense Lawyer
Category: Criminal Law
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Experience:  Several Years of Criminal Defense Trials in L.A. and O.C. as public defender and private attorney
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Please it ethical or legal for a public defender

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Please it ethical or legal for a public defender to remove himself from your case and then become a witness for the state? This is NOT a case of murder nor was anyone hurt. The charges are 1}DUI, 2}NVDL, 3} Poss of firearm by con fel. I need help or at least a direction for my husband to go in. Thank you.
Submitted: 7 years ago.
Category: Criminal Law
Expert:  Cedric replied 7 years ago.
The only exception to break attorney-client privilege is if the client states that he will be engaging in a crime that will hurt others.

If not, the attorney-client privilege is sacrosaint, and is only the defendant's to decide to forefit. The one exception to this is civil suits against attorneys for malpractice.

This kind of guy REALLY gives P.D.s a bad name, but I doubt any judge will let this go through, nor, hopefully, your husband's new attorney. I'm seriously amazed at how unethical his conduct was, and how he violated any principal he has. Maybe he wants a job with the D.A.

Sorry your new year is starting out like this.

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