Personal Injury Lawyer
The common children’s jeer “Liar, liar, pants on fire,” while playful does well in depicting a harrowing situation for those who lie in the legal field at any capacity. The system operates on the examination of truth and before every trial, the individuals who are testifying are placed under oath to speak nothing but the truth. That’s why when any individual within a case is found to have lied, the consequences are so devastating and painful that your pants may as well be up in flames. And just like an actual pair of flaming trousers, they’re difficult to take off.
One former law practitioner in Pennsylvania learned this the hard way having haphazardly handled the case of a client who was injured at the elevator of the Hollywood Casino. He then used his own money to give his client a “settlement” that they didn’t win. This resulted in the Pennsylvania Supreme Court suspending his law license for two years. If these are the consequences for a lawyer lying, naturally the consequences of a client lying are just as severe. Below are the scenarios you want to be especially wary of in making sure you tell the truth.
Don’t Lie to Your Lawyer
Lawyers are there to help you as well as themselves as this is their source of income. This does mean that many lawyers especially inexperienced ones will only take cases they know they can take on with absolute certainty that things will work in their favor. For some people, this fills them with anxiety and the pressure to lie to a lawyer about the events that occurred in order to get their representation. The thing is, lawyers and their teams are proficient at discovering the truth (it’s their job) and a lawyer can withdraw their representation if it is found that the client hasn’t been truthful to their advocate.
Don’t Lie in Your Statement
You’ll eventually reach a point in which you’ll need to make a recorded statement. This is where you’ll state the facts of the case as per your point of view and that statement has to be grounded in truth. Don’t exaggerate facts or apply extra emotion where there doesn’t need to be. Also be consistent in your statement as any changes will be noted. If you’re caught lying, your integrity will be compromised and your claim severely weakened.
Don’t Lie on Social Media
It’s best not to talk about your case at all on social media. Your social media accounts are regarded by the courts as a reflection of your reality so even if you’re joking, statements can be interpreted in such a manner that they’ll act against you despite your intentions.