Dallas, TX asked in Criminal Law, DUI / DWI and Personal Injury for Texas

Q: Is counsel obligated to inform law enforcement if client admits to killing someone b4 any official contract is signed.

If in an initial discussion with a dui attorney (before any paperwork or contract is signed between attorney and client), the prospective client admits to hitting and runing over and killing someone who was in the vehicle with her when the incident she got the dui for happened.. is the attorney bound by attorney client privilege yet? Or does that apply until contract is signed?

1 Lawyer Answer
John Cucci Jr.
John Cucci Jr. pro label Lawyers, want to be a Justia Connect Pro too? Learn more ›
  • Criminal Law Lawyer
  • Houston, TX

A: Payment has no impact on the Attorney-Client Privilege.

It is the things a potential client or client says to the lawyer when seeking legal advice that is protected. In your situation, you are covered.

The reason is that the system protects the truthful statements of a potential client or client. Regardless of payment or hire . This is so, that solid legal advice can be given in its purest manner.

Keep it to yourself from now on. But it is always good to tell the lawyer.

Justia Ask a Lawyer is a forum for consumers to get answers to basic legal questions. Any information sent through Justia Ask a Lawyer is not secure and is done so on a non-confidential basis only.

The use of this website to ask questions or receive answers does not create an attorney–client relationship between you and Justia, or between you and any attorney who receives your information or responds to your questions, nor is it intended to create such a relationship. Additionally, no responses on this forum constitute legal advice, which must be tailored to the specific circumstances of each case. You should not act upon information provided in Justia Ask a Lawyer without seeking professional counsel from an attorney admitted or authorized to practice in your jurisdiction. Justia assumes no responsibility to any person who relies on information contained on or received through this site and disclaims all liability in respect to such information.

Justia cannot guarantee that the information on this website (including any legal information provided by an attorney through this service) is accurate, complete, or up-to-date. While we intend to make every attempt to keep the information on this site current, the owners of and contributors to this site make no claims, promises or guarantees about the accuracy, completeness or adequacy of the information contained in or linked to from this site.