Lawyer, client, and prosecutor were in front of judge on an agreed plea. Client entered a plea of guilty for ten years in prison. Judge was asked to give client credit for back time. Defendant announced that he has been in custody since March 19, 2019. Defense lawyer agreed. Judge sentenced client, gave all requested credit and away they all go.
Shortly afterwards, defense lawyer realized the client should have given credit from jailing on March 19, 2020, not 2019, and told the client. Client responds “No, I did not say March 19, 2019.” The Defense lawyer promptly obtained a copy of the reporter’s record and confirmed the mistake and presented it to the client.
Under Texas Rules of Disciplinary Conduct 1.05(f) and 3.03(a), (b) & ( c) and their commentaries, the rule is that if something is material, it must be revealed.
The above misrepresentation is material and those ethical rules apply. Defense counsel needs to ask that client for permission to spill the beans and clean up the mess. It is best to put the request for permission to the client in writing so there is record in case client later files a grievance claiming a privilege violation.
Then if the client refuses to agree to correct the misrepresentation, defense counsel is obligated to inform the presiding judge and prosecutor of the mistake in requesting and obtaining an extra year of jail credit.
Since defense counsel is acting in good faith, the judge may just leave it alone.