If your efense attorney solicits you for sexual favors, perhaps you should consider retaining another criminal defense attorney using cash instead. That is, if you are serious about proper attention to your criminal case. Having sex in jail will only cause you to get in more trouble. A lawyer willing to get you in more trouble is violating his or her professional responsibility to serve his or her clients. In fact, it is wrong on many levels of the Nevada Rules of Professional Conduct.
In recent years the Nevada Review Journal has provided the salacious coverage at the following links:
State Bar monitoring investigation of ex-public defender's jail conduct:
Attorney Stacey Roundtree arrested.
Lawyer, client arrested on jail sex charge:
Attorney Curtis Cannon arrested.As a criminal defense attorney having visited the local jails, I sat in the very rooms where this unethical and illegal sexual conduct took place. As I'd sit there, I'd sometimes imagine what took place and wonder at the lengths people will go to "get it on." I'd wonder if the criminal lawyer said something cheesy like, "Get me off and I'll get you off."
In addition to the problems mentioned above, when attorneys and client have sex in jail, they are also making life more difficult for everyone else. This behavior causes jail lockdowns, which result in the inability for attorneys and family members to visit and it adds to tightened security and cameras which reduce privacy for the inmates. We all pay additional money by way of taxes for the personnel and equipment paid for to curtail future such activity.
The selfish choices that resulted in the criminal charges of the attorneys named in the articles, embarrass most attorneys and brings negative light to a professional already demonized in many ways.
Lawyers have a lot of responsibility over peoples lives and should act responsibly. No one is giving them kudos and a slap on the back for this behavior. No one is thinking that they had guts to do what they did. Many of us are thinking that their judgment was off, that they were humiliating themselves, they were not acting in the interest of their clients, they were risking damage to their profession, and they need psychological help.
I know the stress involved in being an attorney, fighting for people's rights. I know that attorneys can have moments of weakness, but attorneys have to recognize their problems and deal with them before they act out in ways that harm so many. If they do not care about the wrongness of their sexual acts and they do not understand the affect it has on society, then they should get a serious reality check and/or give up the profession altogether.