How Does Attorney Client Privilege Work?
April 7, 2016
When a client hires an attorney, trust must be established. This is particularly when the client is accused, and may be guilty, of a heinous crime like murder or rape. In order for a lawyer to properly defend a client, they need to have all the facts no matter how embarrassing they may be. This is why attorney client privilege exists. Only when the client knows they can tell their lawyer the whole story without fear of embarrassment or exposure can they fully trust their lawyer. Attorney client privilege isn’t a foreign concept for most people, but it’s important to know the ins and outs of this extremely important legal precedent. There are three broad instances when this privilege applies.
- The client asks the lawyer for legal advice about their case.
- The lawyer interacts with the client in a professional capacity.
- The client communicates with their attorney with the intention and expectation of privacy.