THE DUTY TO INVESTIGATE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION STANDARDS

THE DUTY TO INVESTIGATE AMERICAN BAR ASSOCIATION STANDARDS
Standard 4-4.1 DUTY TO INVESTIGATE
(a) Defense counsel should conduct a prompt investigation of the circumstances of the case and explore all avenues leading to facts relevant to the merits of the case and the penalty in the event of conviction.  The investigation should include efforts to secure information in the possession of the prosecution and law enforcement authorities. The duty to investigate exists regardless of the accused’s admissions, or statements to defense counsel of facts constituting guilt or the accused’s stated desire to plead guilty. The Importance of Prompt Investigation