LEO: Threatening Criminal Prosecution — Civil, LE Op. 715
Threatening Criminal Prosecution — Civil Matter.
August 30, 1985
It is unethical for a lawyer to threaten to present criminal charges solely to obtain an advantage in a civil matter. Accordingly, if counsel alludes to possible criminal prosecution when corresponding with a debtor for the sole purpose of advancing his client's civil claim, such conduct is unethical. [See: DR:7-104]
Committee Opinion August 30, 1985
See also LE Op. 1388
LEO: Threatening Criminal Prosecution - Civil, LE Op. 715 (1985)