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Hiring a lawyer

Can anyone find out what I tell my lawyer?

Your lawyer must keep what you say private. They can't share what you say with anyone unless you say it's okay.

Not even the court, the police, or your parents can make your lawyer tell them what you and your lawyer talk about.

This rule exists so that lawyers can have all the facts they need to help their clients. The more your lawyer knows about you and about what happened, the better prepared they will be to defend you.

So you can speak freely without worrying that your lawyer will tell other people what you have said.

The only time your lawyer could share what you say is if you tell them that you or someone else plan to seriously hurt someone.

(Reviewed August 2015)