Firstly, from Scholars Input -
Secondly, From hadiths/Verses which are relevant and should be taken into understanding -
When working as a defence lawyer, one may have to support and defend evil, because the defence lawyer tries to prove the innocence of the guilty person whom he is defending. Is the income of a defence lawyer who does that haraam? Are there any Islamic conditions attached to a person working as a defence lawyer?
Praise be to Allaah.
Defence also means protection, and if a person defends and protects evil then undoubtedly this is haraam, because it means that he is falling into that which Allaah has forbidden:
“but do not help one another in sin and transgression”
[al-Maa'idah 5:2 – interpretation of the meaning]
But if he protects and defends good, then this is a praiseworthy kind of protection as enjoined in the aayah:
“Help you one another in Al‑Birr and At‑Taqwa (virtue, righteousness and piety)”
[al-Maa'idah 5:2 – interpretation of the meaning]
On this basis, whoever has prepared himself to do that must, before taking on a specific case, examine and study it. If the one who is asking for his defence is in the right, then he should take on the case and support the truth and the one who is in the right; if the one who is asking for his defence is not in the right then he may also indulge in a case of that nature but the lawyer may go against the wishes of the one who is seeking his defence in the sense that he is protecting this person to prevent him from falling into anything that Allaah has forbidden, and he does not defend him in the way that he wants. That is because the Prophet SAWS (peace and blessings of Allaah be upon him) said: “Help your brother whether he is a wrongdoer or one to whom wrong is done.” They said, “O Messenger of Allaah, (we know what it means to help) the one to whom wrong is done, but how can we help him if he is a wrongdoer?” He said, “Stop him from doing wrong to others, that is how you will help him.”
If he knows that the one who is seeking his protection has no rights then he must advise him and warn him and put him off getting involved in this case; he should explain to him what is wrong with his claim so that he will give it up out of conviction
"Al-Bukhari and Muslim both reported that the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "I am only a human being, and you people have disputes. Maybe someone amongst you can present his case in a more eloquent and convincing manner than the other, and I give my judgment in his favor according to what I hear. Beware! If ever I give (by error) somebody something of his brother's right, then he should not take it, as I have only given him a piece of Fire." In another Hadith, the Prophet (peace and blessings be upon him) said, "Whoever helps another in a dispute wrongfully, he incurs the wrath of Allah till he stops doing so."
In At-Tabarani, there is a Hadith that reads: "Whoever walks with an oppressor to help him in his oppression while he knows that he is as such, he places himself out of the fold of Islam." This hadith shows that if a person believes that helping an oppressor is halal (lawful), he is totally out of Islam.
And finally, Al-Ghazali puts it best -
A person working on behalf of another is authorized to take fees, permissibly, if he is defending him in what is his right. However, if he is helping him in what is not his right or defending a person who is really guilty, the fees are totally unlawful. All of us should always remember the words of Allah: "Lo! ye are they who pleaded for them in the life of the world. But who will plead with Allah for them on the Day of Resurrection, or who will then be their defender?" (An-Nisaa’: 109)"
The choice is yours. IF you go for it, hope you can pick your own cases, and if you can't, and you realise someone actually is guilty, then see if there's ways to opt out etc. But whatever you do, never take a case in with a biased agenda.
I believe his meaning was that although this may be a religion forum, it's pretty much full of people who are clueless about the subject in itself. If someone wanted advise from a religious perspective, and wanted to get proper opinions on the matter, they should go to people who have studied and have a great understanding of religion.
(Original post by jameslad)
erm.. because there's a religion forum here..
some people are so stupid.
I mean, someone said "you get a diversity of opinions here", right... But you can get that from 12 year olds aswell on any given subject.
However, for pass time, or on matters that are pretty obvious, SF isn't too bad. Still not the place to learn about religion or get any serious answers regarding it.
That's a dumb thing to say. This is what I mean about SF.
(Original post by Care-Free)
Everyone's entitled to a defence.
Presumably if you're winning cases in favour of the "criminal" then there's enough evidence to suggest they didnt do it.
Like people have already said criminal isnt only area of law available.
Some lawyers are good in which they could knowingly make a criminal look innocent. It pays their fee's and increases their reputation. The business is not one that necassarily allows ones moral's to take lead.
This is haraam in Islam and diverts justice.