Q: Why do Attorneys on this "FREE LEGAL HELP FORUM " website tell us "Not to talk about the details "

Don't talk about the details of our case? In my situation after 3 yrs and 2 attorneys and NEVER HAVE MY QUESTIONS BEEN ANSWERED!! NOT EVEN HERE!! My questions are basically about procedures in a criminal case in ELKHART INDIANA. HOME OF THE WOLVERINES!! #1 in wrongful convictions & exonerations in Indiana. So who can I ask?

1 Lawyer Answer
James A Hanson
James A Hanson
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Fort Wayne, IN
  • Licensed in Indiana

A: This is a public forum, so there is no attorney-client privilege to anything posted here. Additionally, if you are a friend or family member sharing details about another person's case, you are also providing information publicly that the prosecution can use in their investigation and trial preparation.

Even dealing with procedural issues usually includes facts and circumstances specific to the case, so it is always problematic to share too much on a public website.

You would probably be surprised at how many convictions happen because someone posted a video or an incriminating statement about the crime on a social media platform. Prosecutors aren't stupid. If you hand them the rope, they will hang you with it.

Especially if you are dealing with Elkhart County, you need to consult privately with an attorney that takes cases in Elkhart County to get the answers you are looking for. Several South Bend attorneys regularly appear in Elkhart County. My office is in Angola, but I'm also a public defender in Lagrange County. I've been known to take a case in Elkhart County once in a while. I would recommend finding an attorney you feel you can trust and then have this conversation privately with the attorney.

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