If your boyfriend is in trouble, you can pay for an attorney for him – but there are limits on what your boyfriend’s lawyer can discuss with you.
Can You Hire a Lawyer for Your Boyfriend?
In many cases, people who are arrested and taken to jail don’t know who to call for help. They’ll call girlfriends, family and friends – but they’re not sure where to turn for legal help. In cases like these, you have a few options. Because every case is different, we recommend that you call our office and ask what to do. However, you can also have your boyfriend call us by passing our number along to him.
There’s nothing to stop you from paying the attorney’s fees, but there is a big catch: You’re not the client.
Why You’re Not the Client
You have to remember that even if you’re paying your boyfriend’s attorney, you’re not considered the client – your boyfriend is. The attorney you hire won’t be able to discuss the case with you because of attorney-client privilege; the lawyer is required to keep quiet about the things he or she discusses with a client (in this case, your boyfriend).
If your boyfriend wants to share details about the case with you, he can – but generally speaking, he shouldn’t. That’s for your own protection, in case you’re called to testify. The less you know, the better off you’ll be.
Do You Need to Hire a Lawyer for Your Boyfriend?
If your boyfriend is in jail, you can always feel free to call us and ask what to do next. Our number is 414-383-6700. You can also contact us online if it’s easier. However, if your boyfriend isn’t in jail, it’s typically better for him to call us directly – that way, you don’t have to get involved in the case (and you don’t need to know more than you should, which could come back to bite both of you if you are called to testify in court).