The attorney/client privilege protects your hypothetical situation for each attorney. The attorney/client privilege extends to propsective clients as well as clients and former clients.
To further add to this hypothetical, say the government siezed your computer and found out that you made this posting on the internet. With this act, the government tries to use this fact against you in a court of law. Getting this suppressed is more challenging because it was done with others present in the conversation.
In your hypothetical situation, you were alone with the attorney, so nobody was listening in on the conversation. The attorney/client privilege will stand.
If the police want emails and phone records, the police can get a warrant. But, the communications with attorneys are not admissible because of the attorney/client privilege. Clients should never disclose damaging information to an attorney via email or over the phone.
I do not disagree with you couching your question as a hypothetical on a public posting site in an era where computers are seized and searched by computer experts looking for tidbits of evidence.
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Avvo is not a hypothetical question chat site. There are dozens of other sites for that purpose.
FWIW, attorney client privililege prevents attorney disclosures of what you talk about.
You are incorrect about attorney client privilege and GJ's.
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You are just wrong about this. In Oregon, all people have the right to confidential communications with their lawyer. The police would almost certainly be breaking the law by secretly listening in on a client's conversations with a lawyer. And even if the police did this, the information they overheard could not be used as evidence against the client in court.
Additionally, the government would have no luck in sending subpoenas to the attorneys you consult with, because those consultations are still protected by attorney-client confidentiality.
Finally, the attorney-client confidentiality privilege applies even if a grand jury is involved.
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