Law Practice Management

Criminal defense lawyer uses polygraph test to weed out dishonest clients

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Some criminal defense attorneys make a point of not asking a client whether he or she is guilty.

Bradley Koffel is at the opposite end of that spectrum, especially concerning defendants charged with sex crimes, the Columbus Dispatch reports.

“An agreement with our staff is that we won’t take any sexual-conduct cases unless there’s a reasonable probability that our client is innocent,” the Ohio practitioner says. So, to get the lay of the land, he not only grills a prospective client about the case but administers a polygraph test in an effort to determine whether he or she is telling the truth.

“I’ve got to feel real confident being with them,” Koffel told the newspaper. “We pour a lot into these cases.”

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