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

 

CROSS REFERENCES

 

See also LE Op. 1388

 

LEO: Threatening Criminal Prosecution - Civil, LE Op. 715 (1985)