Ethical Considerations in Representing Clients at Risk of Suicide

September 3, 2019
For the Defense

Types : Bylined Articles

Suicide is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. As criminal defense attorneys, we counsel our clients during one of the most stressful and challenging experiences in their lives. While we are there to provide legal services, if we are aware of warning signs of suicide, we may be life-saving.

In counseling an at-risk client, you or your client may be concerned whether and to what extent the client’s communications with a mental-health professional are shielded from disclosure to law enforcement authorities. The answer depends on a number of factors: the physical location of the client and provider, the type of provider, and whether the charges your client faces- either now or in the future- are based in federal or state law.


To view the full article in Volume 4, Issue 3 of PACDL’s (Pennsylvania Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers) For the Defense, please click hereThe article can be found on pages 6-11.


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