Are lawyers legally mandated to turn in a client who has an outstanding warrant?

Asked on July 14, 2015 under Criminal Law, Illinois


SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 5 years ago | Contributor

As a general matter, no--no one, lawyers or not, has to actively turn in someone with an outstanding warrant. But there are two limitations:

1) The lawyer *cannot* in any way help the client with the warrant avoid the authorities or resist arrest; he also can't provide a place to stay.

2) If the lawyer has reasonable grounds to believe that the client will commit a new crime which may involve the threat of injury to others, he must turn him in.

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