Miami criminal defense attorney Brian Tannebaum writes about people who fear that hiring an attorney will make them look guilty. I see this, too, although by the time people call me, they’ve usually gotten past that point.
More often what I see is people who become uncomfortable after I tell them to stop talking to others. In particular, I want them to stop talking to the police. That’s when I tend to hear, “But won’t I look guilty?”
And my response to them is the same as Brian’s response to people who think they’ll look guilty just by hiring an attorney: “No. You already look guilty.”
And that’s just one of the reasons innocent people need lawyers.