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Is it okay for your lawyer to tell you that you’re delusional?

Asked by user in California.

My son wrote a letter permitting the lawyer I hired to discuss the case with me freely. If my son gave a statement that has not been entered into the court that he was taken against his will, should that ever be discussed before a preliminary hearing?

Answered by Enjuris Editors:

With respect to what should or should not be discussed before a preliminary hearing, I’m not able to comment on the specifics of your son’s criminal case without more information.

As for the lawyer calling you delusional, lawyers have certain ethical obligations in California. For example, a lawyer must deal honestly with others. Keep in mind, however, that the lawyer’s main obligation is to their client (your son) and not you—even if you paid for the attorney and are allowed to discuss the case freely with the attorney.

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