Q: In california, why would my lawyer want me to get a physical exam for?
My friend is being charged with attempted murder even though he did not try to kill anyone. His lawyer is requesting that he gets a physical exam done. This case started a year ago. I’m unsure what the reason for getting this done because he is waiting for sentencing in a couple days
A: much more info is needed.
However, if I was a betting man I would guess it has to do with Mental Capacity.
the lawyer is probably thinking of Diminished Capacity Defense or something along those lines.
ie, he lacked the intent to do what he is alleged to have done????
A: First, in the caption of your question you ask why would YOUR LAWYER want you to get a physical exam but in the body of your question the exam is for a friend of yours about to be sentenced which is inconsistent.
Only the lawyer and his client know the reason for the exam to be done. If you're not the client accused of attempted murder, an attorney cannot disclose attorney-client matters which are privileged from disclosure to you or anyone else other than the court under certain circumstances.
Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.
The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.
Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.