Can a lawyer represent 2 clients that are fighting against the same case?
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In some cases it's possible for a lawyer to represent two people accused of the same crime, however, it's generally not a good idea. Even though the 19 year old and 17 year old may have the same defense, as the case continues on their interests and options available (dismissal, a favorable plea agreement) could split and it could create a conflict between them. Ethically an attorney cannot represent two clients with competing interests. Most attorneys will be very careful about entering into this sort of situation and will usually get both clients to acknowledge the potential conflict that could arise.