What to Know About Client-Attorney Privilege
What is Client-Attorney Privilege?
Rule of Evidence
Clients Can Expect Confidentiality
Consultations are Confidential
A person does not need to hire or sign a contract with an attorney before the client-attorney privilege applies. Conversations that reveal criminal or unlawful actions during a preliminary meeting will remain confidential even if the potential law firm never actually represents the client.
Past actions are typically subject to the client-attorney privilege. However, if a client discusses a future plan with their lawyer that involves breaking the law, this information is not subject to confidentiality. In addition, if the client discusses a future plan that involves causing injury or death, they are allowed by most states, if not required, to disclose the information.
If you are facing charges, don’t hesitate to ask a potential criminal defense attorney about when client-attorney privilege begins. It is always better to be safe.
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