Tampa Professional Responsibility Defense Attorney
The job an attorney, especially the job of a defense attorney, is incredibly complicated. On one hand, the attorney is beholden to their client’s wishes. The attorney may strongly suggest taking a certain position or action but it is usually up to the client to give the go ahead. And, the client does not always make the best decisions. Attorney-client relationships can be difficult to maintain in tough, drawn out criminal cases. The mistakes that defense attorneys make on a regular basis include commingling funds, poor client-communication, breach of client-attorney privilege, and even negligence. However, most of the time these errors, while avoidable, are made entirely without malcontent, and sometimes without full knowledge of the law. If you are in danger of being disbarred or face other punishments, contact an experienced Tampa professional responsibility defense attorney at once.
Often, ethics are broken without any intention of wrongdoing due to the incredible complexity of the law. Many attorneys regularly fall into these ethical traps, which can be career-ending mistakes. According to the American Bar Association (ABA) Journal, most ethical errors that attorneys make arise from the following 10 situations:
- Accidentally breaching the lawyer-client relationship;
- Overlooking marketing rules;
- Following orders from above;
- A breakup of a law firm;
- Email communications;
- Poor client communication;
- Business with clients;
- Unaware of ethical issues;
- Fee agreements;
- Ending lawyer-client relationship;
Breach of Attorney-Client Privilege
It is one of the most crucial duties of an attorney to never disclose information about their client without consent. The only instance in which it is lawful to do so is when the client poses a serious physical threat to themselves or others, or in order to prevent a crime, fraud, or tort. Many attorneys find themselves in trouble when they violate this law. One of the most famous cases in which client-attorney privilege was not breached, even during intense police pressure put on the defense team, was the Buried Body Case, as reported by Law Times. Frank Armani and Francis Belge were in the process of defending their client, Robert Garrow, who was being charged with murder. The attorneys learned from Wade that he had buried two additional bodies in the forest, but did not reveal this information (or where the bodies were buried) to the police because it would have been a breach of attorney-client privilege. The two attorneys were in danger of being disbarred and indicted, but were later exonerated. Their story has been praised and studied for decades since, and stands as an example for attorneys to hold onto and abide by attorney-client privilege no matter what outside pressure is being put on them.
Tampa Professional Responsibility Defense Attorneys
If you have been accused of breaking the legal code of ethics and are facing disbarment or other forms of punishment for doing so, do not enter this situation alone or in any way nonchalant, expecting things to work in your favor. You need the most experienced, aggressive Tampa Professional Responsibility Defense Attorney at your side. Call the Tampa law offices of Roman & Roman today at 877-767-1032.