Have you ever defended someone's innocence while knowing with certainty that he/she was really guilty?
Only where there has been a technical legal flaw in the prosecution case, so that an esential ingredient of the offence has not been proved eg in a charge of handling stolen goods, proving that goods actually were stolen. The prosecution case can be tested until "half time" and then a submission made to the judge that it has failed to prove all the elements of the offence. That does not necessitate putting to the prosecution witness any version by the defence.
Otherwise, in the absence of a technical legal defect in the prosecution case, if a client says (s)he is guilty, then one cannot represent them on a plea of not guilty. They either plead guilty or one withdraws from the case.
No. I gather this happens more in criminal than in civil cases and I do not handle criminal cases.
I do not practice that type of law
Yes, when I defended the company against the loss of the sensitive personal data I knew they were as guilty as sin but I was able to put together a defence package that worked and they were exonerated
I would like to think not.
Never. End of story. I will drop the case and terminate the relationship if I'm asked to lie for a client.
This is not my area of expertise.
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