Sarasota Theft Crimes

Retail and Petty Theft Crimes Lawyer on Attorney Client Privileges

As a Sarasota Criminal Defense Law Firm, we specialize in defending individuals charged with both felony and misdemeanor theft crimes. Theft crimes usually consist of theft of services or theft of goods and can carry a sentence of anywhere from probation to prison time.

Rest assured that over the past ten years reported theft related offenses in the Sarasota and Tampa Bay area have been dropping consistently. If you or a loved one is charged with retail or petty theft contact a experienced criminal defense attorney today in complete confidence and set up a no-charge consultation.

As a Sarasota Theft Lawyer, prospective clients often wonder if they can discuss the facts of their case with a potential lawyer they are looking to hire in complete confidence without worrying about saying something that maybe used against them in the future. The simple answer to this question is yes as long as it does not involve a crime that will happen in the future.

The confidentiality between a client and a lawyer is a privilege that should be taken full advantage off when discussing your case with your lawyer or a potential lawyer so that we can exhaust all options available to defend your case. This privilege is known as the attorney-client privilege.

In summary, the lawyer-client privilege affords the lawyer or the client the right to refuse to disclose, and to prevent any other person from disclosing, the contents of private communications to his or her lawyer.

The lawyer-client privilege can also be invoked for communications made during an initial consultation even if the client does not retain the lawyers services.

Who can claim this privilege? The client can invoke the privilege and so can the lawyer. The lawyer may only invoke the privilege on behalf of a client not based on the lawyers’ own self interests if a malpractice claim is brought forth by the client for the lawyers’ services rendered at a future date.

A legal guardian of the client may invoke the privilege and so can the personal representative of a deceased client.

However, rules do exist to determine what is considered privileged communications and what is not. First, the person seeking the lawyers’ advice must be a current client or a potential client in search of legal advice. Both the lawyer and the client must understand the purpose of the meeting.

Second, the person who is providing the advice is a licensed with the Florida Bar. An individual who is not licensed or disbarred cannot invoke the privilege. And third, the purpose of the communications was to seek legal representation.

Some exceptions that bar the attorney-client privilege from being invoked are: 1) The supposed privileged communication is relevant to an issue of breach of duty in the lawyer-client relationship. 2) The communications were made in the presence of a non-attorney. 3) Future crimes exception applies when you are seeking advice for a crime not yet committed but you plan on committing in the future. 4) The communication is not privileged due to public release of the supposed privileged communications.

If you or a loved one have been arrested or charged with a crime, contact an experienced Sarasota Criminal Defense Lawyer specializing in theft crimes at Pallegar Law, P.A. today for a free consultation by calling (941) 893.5816.

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