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Can you legally talk to a different lawyer about your case if you have already hired a lawyer ?

F you hire a attorney to represent you in a criminal case and then you want a second opinion from a different attorney can you do that without any problems ? Or do you have to get permission from the attorney you have hired ? If you are having problems trusting him now ?

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  • Anonymous Oct 18, 2018

    Yes, you can talk to another lawyer. It would be a good idea to let them know you are currently represented.

    (On the issue of talking, please remember and never forget that YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO REMAIN SILENT. EXERCISE IT.)

    You can have as many lawyers as you feel you need to adequately represent you (although the judge may have a say in the matter regarding publicly appointed counsel.) Multiple attorneys may act as your co-counsel on the same legal issues, or advise you on separate legal issues or legal matter.

    Under U.S. law, attorney–client privilege is a client's right to refuse to disclose and to prevent any other person from disclosing confidential communications between the client and the attorney.The privilege is the client's, not the lawyer's. It is designed to protect the client's legal rights.

    A corollary to the attorney–client privilege is the joint defense privilege. It serves to protect the confidentiality of communications passing from one party to another party where a joint defense or strategy has been decided upon and undertaken by the parties and their respective counsel.

    An attorney speaking publicly in regard to a client's personal business and private affairs can be reprimanded or disbarred, even if he or she no longer represents the client. Discussing a client's or former client's criminal history, for example. is seen as a breach of confidentiality. So, confidential communication with your lawyer is an important and well-protected right.

    I hope this information was helpful.

  • Donna Murphy Oct 18, 2018

    Thank you for the information. My legal problems are over but I won’t be using the attorney again. I will be keeping my ears open for any confidential information that has to do with me. and my past legal history.

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