Is it important for an attorney to visit his client in jail?

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Is it important for an attorney to visit his client in jail?

How long after you hire an attorney, should he go see his client in jail?

Asked on May 23, 2012 under Criminal Law, California

Answers:

Kevin Bessant / Law Office of Kevin Bessant & Associates

Answered 9 years ago | Contributor

It is extremely important for an attorney to visit his or her client in jail. Typically, once an attorney has been retained or appointed to represent a client in jail, the first step is to obtain all or at least some of the discovery and evidence in the case so that the attorney can provide the person with specific information regarding their case. Because this can take a few days, or even up to a week or so, it may be a delay in the time that a person gets arrested and jailed and the time their attorney makes their first jail visit. I personally visit my clients in jail even before I get the discovery materials to introduce myself and gain my clients perspective on what happened in the case, but each individual attorney is different in how they handle this. So while there is no set timeline in when an attorney should visit a client in Jail, it is very important that the attorney visits and sits down with the client in jail to prepare for the case prior to the court hearings.


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