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A lawyer may represent a criminal defendant in a case in which the attorney's spouse was employed by the sheriff's department if no actual conflict exists, full disclosure of the relationship is made to the prospective client, and the client consents. Full disclosure would require the client to be aware of all of the pertinent facts, legal implications, and potential affects surrounding the representation and the lawyer's relationship. A written consent is always preferred.

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