Is it okay for a defense lawyer to defend a guilty criminal? Why? ?

10 Answers

  • 4 weeks ago

    It happens every single day because everyone has a right to have legal representation in a court of law.

    Some lawyers KNOW and clients ADMIT their guilt. The lawyers work on helping their clients get time rather than death row (in states that have capital punishment).

  • 4 weeks ago

    The accused is not guilty until found guilty by a judge or jury. The accused is entitled to a legal defense. Of course it is okay.

  • 4 weeks ago

    Lawyers do not defend guilty people because the accused is innocent until proven guilty. If the accused wants to plead guilty, yes-it is the job of their counsel to get them the best deal possible. It has been this way since 1215. 

    In small communities, the same person may be a prosecutor in one case and a defense lawyer in another. Everyone has a right to counsel. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    Yes, of course it is okay. In fact, it's a right for a defendant to have legal representation which is why we have public defenders. It's to prevent people from being railroaded and imprisoned.

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  • 4 weeks ago

    Lets assume the answer is no. So when a person is accused of a crime, that means that somebody thinks he is guilty.  The accused is a poor speaker, and doesn't know the details of the law and how it works. Lets just hang him, he doesn't deserve to have anybody on his side. Even if he just stole a video game worth $50, put him in jail for life. Because he doesn't speak good English, and doesn't know he could call witnesses in his defense, or that the judge is the brother of the store owner.

  • Bruce
    Lv 7
    4 weeks ago

    It is not only OK, but it is legally required. 

    A lawyer has an obligation to provide the best defense possible, regardless of any presumption of guilt. Even a guilty person has the right to a fair trial and the right to ensure proper procedure is followed. 

  • 4 weeks ago

    One of the other functions of a defense lawyer is to work with his or her client and work out a plan that will see the offender sentenced with the lightest sentence possible for the offender's circumstances (mitigating factors). Another function of a defence lawyer is to setup a retrial for the offender and prove he/she is innocent of such offence(s), if that offender can be proven innocent beyond a reasonable doubt.  

  • 1 month ago

    A defense lawyer's job is to defend.  Personal feelings on guilt or innocence do not matter.  Why?  Because an attorney could be wrong.  And every defendant is entitled to the best possible defense.   

  • 1 month ago

    A lawyer defends a PERSON. Whether they are guilty or not is for the court to decide. A lawyer's DUTY is to do their best for their client, within the law.

  • Anonymous
    1 month ago

    In the US you are innocent until proven guilty. 

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