What Happens When a Lawyer Gets in Trouble?

Following Knoxville attorney Bruce Poston’s arrest yesterday, WBIR News 10 anchor Robin Wilhoit sat down with University of Tennessee College of Law professor Dwight Aarons to learn more about the consequences lawyers may face when they are convicted of a crime. Aarons said lawyers with active cases should notify clients of their arrest and discuss whether or not the clients want continued representation. A lawyer's arrest also can affect previous cases, Aarons says, if former clients unhappy with their outcomes argue the lawyer did not give his full and best effort due to the alleged criminal activity.