The Ethical Role Of A Defense Attorney

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A defense attorney represents the accused from arrest to final appeal. An individual accused of a crime has a constitutional right to counsel during every stage in the criminal process. Defense attorneys represent their clients before trial starting from arrest and through interrogation, lineup, and arraignment. They may negotiate a plea bargain with the prosecutor to avert a trial or defend their client at trial. Defense attorneys provide assistance at sentencing and appeal if the accused is convicted. Defense attorneys have an obligation as an officer of the court to follow the Model Rules of Professional Conduct, they are also bound by attorney-client privilege. These two roles can produce ethical conflicts between their profession and

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