I have been seeing a lot of harsh posts from lawyers to consumers who are posting here. It seems like the lawyers don't agree with the site either. Are my rights being violated by avvo? Is it ethical to set the trap for those charged with crimes to incriminate themselves? Obviously consumers are not aware of the consequences, despite the fine print.
In a criminal case, you have the right to remain silent. When you post facts on a public board like AVVO, and those statements can be attributed to you, they can be used against you in court. The attorneys who respond on this site are trying to help those that post questions here. The statements about revealing too much in a criminal matter does not mean that AVVO is violating your rights. There is no ethical trap on AVVO. If you want a meeting covered by the attorney client privilege, you must meet one on one with an attorney, not post all facts on a general public board like AVVO.
Nobody's forcing you to visit the site.
SAN DIEGO CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY--20 years experience
Most are aware. Sorry you were not. Its an open and public forum.....you didn't think you enjoyed some kind of confidentiality did you.....on the internet....any part of the internet.....anywhere? You don't.
Did you contact Avvo and ask them to remove your post.....they will if you ask them too.
People use this site for general legal information---not specific legal advice, its not a substitute for a lawyer.
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