3 boys are convicted of a aggravated robbery that was falsely accused. 1 boy is 16 years old and has been to jail recently before that so he has no chance. The 16 year old is the one who did everything. The other 2 boys are 19 and 17 so they are in the county. They both were in the wrong place at the wrong time and were charged with Aggravted Robbery but no evidence (cameras, bodily injury). Can the same lawyer work with the 19 and 17 year old because they have the same charges?
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.
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