Paralegal School: What are we learning this month at the American Institute for Paralegal Studies?
Paralegal school criminal law topic: How to represent the criminal client regardless if he is guilty or not
I bet you didn’t realize that there are a lot of controversial topics in paralegal school. Well, the topics may not be full of drama, but they apply to all us. In paralegal school the United States Constitution plays a large part. It is a teaching tool in many classes like Criminal law, Torts, and American Jurisprudence. It also applies to each and every one of us by guaranteeing us the same rights and liberties.
A criminal client, like any other client, has a right to confidentiality and attorney client privilege, as well as a right to zealous representation. Every United States citizen and all criminal clients have constitutional rights such as the right against unlawful search and seizure, due process, a speedy trial, and a trial by jury. These are fundamental rights embedded in the United States and state constitutions. The bottom line is that a client has rights and it doesn’t matter if they are not guilty or guilty. The attorney must still represent them zealously. If the client wants a trial, then the attorney must fight. If the client wants a plea negotiation, then the attorney must try to successfully negotiate on behalf of the client. The important thing is that it is the client’s choice along with the attorney’s best advice. Grant it that the criminal practice is not for everyone, but after paralegal school you have many choices in law.
Every attorney takes an oath when they are sworn in and part of the oath includes the promise to abide by certain rules of ethics. One ethical rule is that the attorney must represent his client zealously. Another ethical rule is the rule of attorney/client confidentiality. If attorneys fail to abide by these ethics, then they can be reprimanded, suspended or even barred from practicing law. Not to mention a malpractice suit against the attorney!!
Criminal law and Ethics go hand in hand. Criminal law is a fascinating area of law and there is much to learn, while Ethics is equally important and shapes how and what we do in the legal field. Both areas of law are covered thoroughly at the AIPS paralegal school. Click here for an interesting web site on Criminal Law Paralegals.
Is it time for you to consider paralegal school at the American Institute for Paralegal Studies?