Last week , I wrote a post on some tips for surviving your criminal case in Tennessee . I am going to add another tip today . Do not use your work computer to send email to your lawyer . It may not be protected communication under the attorney-client privilege .
The American Bar Association recently issued an ethics opinion advising clients that their emails from a work computer may not be protected by the attorney client privilege.NPR interviewed ethics attorney Diane Karpman on this issue. You can listen to the interview here.
My thoughts on the subject is that email is never fully protected even from a smart phone or your home computer . A work computer has even less security. An old fashioned meeting or letter may be the better route to take.
The explosion of electronic communication via email or social media is now something to be very aware today. It may sink your case.