These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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4-Witness-Advocate Rule

48-Criminal Defense Lawyers

A lawyer in a criminal case must withdraw after overhearing and participating in conversations about the client with the arresting officer and another police officer, because the client's and police officers' stories differ and the lawyer would have to testify about the conversation.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn