What Exactly is Attorney/Client Privilege?

If someone has been charged with a crime, he or she has the right to an attorney.  The only way attorneys can properly do their job is to understand everything that may have led up to an arrest.  And to understand everything, defense attorneys need to know the truth about what happened to their clients, even if that truth does not necessarily look good for them in the eyes of the law.  For this reason, conversations between attorneys and clients are considered privileged and confidential.

Attorney-Client privilege allows for pointed legal advice, without fear of legal jeopardy.  It is not universal, requiring certain conditions to be met.  For a defendant to have attorney-client privilege, the defendant must actually be a client, or is seeking to become a client, of the attorney.  Certain exceptions also apply.  If you seek to confide in your attorney loudly with people around, those other people are not silenced by attorney-client privilege.  Any communication with an attorney made with the goal of committing or covering up a crime is also not privileged.

While much more nuanced, the basic understanding of attorney-client privilege is that attorneys can converse with their clients confidentially.  Conversations are not shared with other attorneys, judges, insurance companies, or any other parties that may be involved in a case.  When you speak with anyone at the Law Offices of Scott Warmuth, even in a free consultation, your information and the details of the conversation are protected.  This confidentiality not only applies to criminal defense cases, but also personal injury, workers’ compensation, immigration, and intellectual property cases too.

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