Do attorney suppose to keep things secret even if you not his client yet?

Asked over 1 year ago - Garden Grove, CA

if i call an attorney and dicuss to him about my case but im not his client yet and only over the phone, do he still require to keep things secret eventhough im not his client yet? and the charge i was talking to him was about some misdemeanor and felony and is not a big crime and doesnt threaten anyone

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  1. Michael Raymond Daymude


    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Your consultation with an attorney for the purpose of obtaining legal advice or representation, provided no third parties are present or listening in with your permission, is always confidential whether or not you actually retain that attorney. There are a few exceptions to the rule but your question does not implicate them.

    I am licensed in California only and my answers on Avvo assume California law. Answers provided by me are for... more
  2. Nicholas Basil Spirtos

    Contributor Level 20


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    Answered . Generally, even a consultation with an attorney over the phone is covered by the attorney client privilege.

  3. Daniel Sage Ward

    Contributor Level 8


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    Answered . One thing to add to my colleague's excellent answer -- Expressly confirm with the attorney that the conversation is "privileged" so you know that you are both on the same page.

    This answer does not constitute legal advice nor form an attorney client relationship. I am not your lawyer. If... more

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