Should I admit guilt to my lawyer?
If there is any way a criminal defense attorney can raise reasonable doubt in the client’s guilt, so long as it is ethical to do so, the attorney will do it. Does this mean that if a client admits guilt to his or her attorney, the attorney cannot enter a not guilty plea or zealously represent the client? No.
Can you tell your lawyer the truth?
Even if you are guilty, a good lawyer can still win your case or have it dismissed based on mitigating circumstances, but only if he knows about them. Attorney-Client Privilege – Your attorney is bound by the ethics of the legal profession not to reveal whatever you tell him without your permission.
Can a lawyer advise you to lie?
In NSW, that body is called the Law Society of New South Wales. The ethical standards do not prevent criminal lawyers from representing a client they know is guilty, but the lawyer will not be able to lie or knowingly mislead the court on their client’s behalf.