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* In ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', Estermann instructs his client Chrysalis to zip it when asked about her [[HiveQueen job and work]], as it may work against her during the trial.

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* In ''Fanfic/ChrysalisVisitsTheHague'', Estermann instructs his client Chrysalis to zip it when asked about her [[HiveQueen job and work]], job]], as it may work against her during the trial.trial.
* The ''WesternAnimation/MiraculousLadybug'' fic ''[[https://www.fanfiction.net/s/13155546/1/Seducing-the-Enemy Seducing the Enemy]]'' has a non-lawyer example. A plan of Adrien's has backfired and '''badly''' insulted his LoveInterest, who is on the brink of tears. At this point, [[MentorMascot Plagg]] tells Adrien to shut up because anything he would say would only make things worse. Instead, Plagg comforts the girl and diplomatically explains to her the [[ATragedyOfImpulsiveness miscommunication]] that motivated Adrien to act the way he did.

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* ''Series/LawAndOrderSpecialVictimsUnit'' naturally has defense attorneys doing this all the time. Parodied in "Closure", where the rapist claims that the reason the watch he stole from a victim has "Leo" monogramed on it is that that's his Astrological Sign.
-->'''Stabler:''' You're a Cancer, not a Leo.
-->'''Cleary:''' All right, it was a nickname.
-->'''Stabler:''' For who?
-->'''Attorney:''' You don't have to answer that.
-->'''Stabler:''' You get to Tribeca a lot?
-->'''Attorney:''' You don't have to answer that.
-->'''Stabler:''' What questions can your client answer?
-->'''Attorney:''' Anything that's a matter of public record. I want to know what my client is being charged with.
-->'''Munch:''' ''(to Stabler)'' You don't have to answer that.


* ''Series/{{Friends}}''. A non-legal version. After finding about Ross' one-night-stand, Rachel angrily asks, "Was she good?". The eavesdropping Joey mutters, "Don't answer that."


* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In The Drumhead, a witness in a trial is accused of lying about something irrelevant to the case in order to damage his credibility and insinuate his guilt. His attorney, Commander Riker, rushes to his side and whispers to him to refuse to answer.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In [[Recap/StarTrekTheNextGenerationS4E21TheDrumhead The Drumhead, Drumhead]], a witness in a trial Board of Inquiry concerning an explosion in the ''Enterprise'''s engine room is accused of lying about something irrelevant to the case in order to damage his credibility and insinuate his guilt. His attorney, advocate, Commander Riker, rushes to his side and whispers to him to refuse to answer.
answer. It doesn't help much, but by this point the presiding judge has started to show an alarming disregard for proper procedure and Captain Picard [[ReasonYouSuckSpeech pointedly calls her on this]] before putting a stop to an inquiry that has gone badly OffTheRails.

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* ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'': In The Drumhead, a witness in a trial is accused of lying about something irrelevant to the case in order to damage his credibility and insinuate his guilt. His attorney, Commander Riker, rushes to his side and whispers to him to refuse to answer.


* Subversion: On ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow,'' Stooge Viller interprets Mumbles' incomprehensible mumbling. In "Court Jester," the two are being tried in court for forgery, but Stooge has taken it on the run. The prosecution can't get Mumbles to admit they're guilty without Stooge there to decipher what Mumbles is saying. When Go Go Gomez brings Stooge in and Mumbles enters a plea, the judge orders Stooge to tell the court what he said. Stooge blurts out "He said we're guilty."

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* Subversion: On ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow,'' Stooge Viller interprets Mumbles' incomprehensible mumbling. In "Court Jester," the two are being tried in court for forgery, but Stooge has taken it on the run. The prosecution [[ChewbaccaDefense can't get Mumbles to admit they're guilty without Stooge there to decipher what Mumbles is saying.saying]]. When Go Go Gomez brings Stooge in and Mumbles enters a plea, the judge orders Stooge to tell the court what he said. Stooge blurts out "He said we're guilty."


* The primary job of the various accountants of the old-money Lavish family in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' is either advising their clients of this, or performing an after-the-fact version by disclaimer (for instance, when one Lavish casually mentions the idea of poison in relation to [[ItMakesSenseInContext a very unhelpful dog]], her lawyer immediately chips in to say [[ExactWords she was not referring to any particular course of action]], only the existence of poisons ''in general''). In the climactic trial scene, Anhk-Morpork's chief zombie lawyer, Mr. Slant, asks a question of the Lavishes which causes their entire legal department to object at once. Slant makes them sit back down, in unison, with a single DeathGlare.

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* The primary job of the various accountants of the old-money Lavish family in ''Discworld/MakingMoney'' ''Literature/MakingMoney'' is either advising their clients of this, or performing an after-the-fact version by disclaimer (for instance, when one Lavish casually mentions the idea of poison in relation to [[ItMakesSenseInContext a very unhelpful dog]], her lawyer immediately chips in to say [[ExactWords she was not referring to any particular course of action]], only the existence of poisons ''in general''). In the climactic trial scene, Anhk-Morpork's chief zombie lawyer, Mr. Slant, asks a question of the Lavishes which causes their entire legal department to object at once. Slant makes them sit back down, in unison, with a single DeathGlare.


* ''Series/TheWire'' plays a realistic version of this when it comes to the bureaucratic hurdles the police have to deal with. Bunk Moreland and Jimmy [=McNulty=] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY_5KP9cHRI decide to trick D'Angelo Barksdale]] into writing a letter of condolence to the non-existent family of a recently murdered witness[[note]]The photo is actually one of Bunk's own kids that he keeps at his desk[[/note]] (hoping he'll include some incriminating information) as they wait for [[AmoralAttorney Maurice Levy]] to arrive. He gets there just in time, tells D'Angelo to stop writing immediately, and drags him out the door.

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* ''Series/TheWire'' plays a realistic version of this when it comes to the bureaucratic hurdles the police have to deal with. Bunk Moreland and Jimmy [=McNulty=] [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DY_5KP9cHRI decide to trick D'Angelo Barksdale]] into writing a letter of condolence to the non-existent family of a recently murdered witness[[note]]The photo witness, with them also adding some embellishment's to the deceased's life to make him more of a community pillar[[note]]The FatalFamilyPhoto is actually one of Bunk's own kids that he keeps at his desk[[/note]] (hoping he'll include some incriminating information) as they wait for [[AmoralAttorney Maurice Levy]] to arrive. He gets there just in time, tells D'Angelo to stop writing immediately, and drags him out the door.



* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' (pictured above): [[CallBack Poor Misty Knight, always being interrupted by those damn lawyers that uncooperative suspects in murder investigations magically summon out of the blue.]] This time around, Misty is interrogating Series/JessicaJones2015. Jessica has been arrested after John Raymond is attacked by Elektra in Jessica's apartment ([[BetterToDieThanBeKilled and took his own life]]), and Misty had earlier caught Jessica stealing evidence from an apartment where John had stockpiled explosives. As Jessica is about to tell Misty that John killed himself over "weirdass shit", the door suddenly opens and [[Series/Daredevil2015 Matt Murdock]] walks in.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' Jessica Jones, stop talking. Hi. This is over.

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**Donovan continues to be a headache for Misty in this department several more times in season 2, first when showing up on Mariah's behalf to bail out Arturo Rey after Arturo tries to kill Luke by blowing up one of his trucks (then shooting him with a Judas shotgun when that fails). Later, the same happens when Mariah's brownstone is burned down by Bushmaster, while Shades kills Comanche upon finding out he's snitching to Captain Ridenhour. Donovan is shown handling Misty's interrogations of both Mariah and Shades, though he drops them midway through when he finds out Bushmaster has bankrupted them.
* ''Series/TheDefenders2017'' (pictured above): ''Series/TheDefenders2017'': [[CallBack Poor Misty Knight, always being interrupted by those damn lawyers that uncooperative suspects in murder investigations magically summon out of the blue.]] This time around, Misty is interrogating Series/JessicaJones2015. [[Series/JessicaJones2015 Jessica Jones]]. Jessica has been arrested after John Raymond is attacked by Elektra in Jessica's apartment ([[BetterToDieThanBeKilled and took his own life]]), shoots himself as she tries to skewer him with a katana]]), and Misty had earlier caught Jessica stealing evidence from an apartment where John had stockpiled explosives. As Jessica is about to tell Misty that John killed himself over "weirdass shit", the door suddenly opens and [[Series/Daredevil2015 Matt Murdock]] (who's been sent by Foggy on Jeri's behalf) walks in.
-->'''Matt Murdock:''' Jessica Jones, stop talking. ''[to Misty]'' Hi. This is over.


* Subversion: On ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow," Stooge Viller interprets Mumbles' incomprehensible mumbling. In "Court Jester," the two are being tried in court for forgery, but Stooge has taken it on the run. The prosecution can't get Mumbles to admit they're guilty without Stooge there to decipher what Mumbles is saying. When Go Go Gomez brings Stooge in and Mumbles enters a plea, the judge orders Stooge to tell the court what he said. Stooge blurts out "He said we're guilty."

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* Subversion: On ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow," ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow,'' Stooge Viller interprets Mumbles' incomprehensible mumbling. In "Court Jester," the two are being tried in court for forgery, but Stooge has taken it on the run. The prosecution can't get Mumbles to admit they're guilty without Stooge there to decipher what Mumbles is saying. When Go Go Gomez brings Stooge in and Mumbles enters a plea, the judge orders Stooge to tell the court what he said. Stooge blurts out "He said we're guilty."

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* Subversion: On ''WesternAnimation/TheDickTracyShow," Stooge Viller interprets Mumbles' incomprehensible mumbling. In "Court Jester," the two are being tried in court for forgery, but Stooge has taken it on the run. The prosecution can't get Mumbles to admit they're guilty without Stooge there to decipher what Mumbles is saying. When Go Go Gomez brings Stooge in and Mumbles enters a plea, the judge orders Stooge to tell the court what he said. Stooge blurts out "He said we're guilty."

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* ''Series/WithoutATrace''. While enduring a deposition regarding his divorce and custody of his daughters, Jack Malone's lawyer repeatedly interjects to tell him variations of this. In particular, when he's questioned him about his extramarital affair, the guy snaps, "He's ''not'' going to answer that!" when his wife's [[AmoralAttorney lawyer]] asks if his meetings with the other woman were "Quickies?"

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* ''Series/{{Friends}}''. A non-legal version. After finding about Ross' one-night-stand, Rachel angrily asks, "Was she good?". The eavesdropping Joey mutters, "Don't answer that."


* All the ''time'' on the ''Series/TheCloser''. The perps never, ever listen to their lawyers unless the plot requires it. Sayeth one smart lawyer:

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* All the ''time'' on the ''Series/TheCloser''. The perps never, ever listen to their lawyers unless the plot requires it. Probably the titular interrogator on the other side of the table was trained by the CIA. Sayeth one smart lawyer:


* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' [[http://schlockmercenary.com/d/20040506.html invokes this trope]]

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* ''Webcomic/SchlockMercenary'' [[http://schlockmercenary.com/d/20040506.html [[https://schlockmercenary.com/2004-05-06 invokes this trope]]trope]]
-->''Defending you is going to be a nightmare.''


'''Charlie:''' (''{{beat}}, then raises gun'') [[RealMenWearPink I'm a hairdresser.]] Now ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome drop the knife]]''.

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'''Charlie:''' (''{{beat}}, then raises gun'') [[RealMenWearPink I'm a hairdresser.]] Now ''[[CrowningMomentOfAwesome ''[[SugarWiki/MomentOfAwesome drop the knife]]''.

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