The attorney-client relationship begins when the Public Defender is either
appointed by a court or speaks to a person in custody to determine if he or she might
qualify for the services of the Public Defender. Everything the client tells an
attorney, employee, volunteer or intern of the Miami-Dade Public Defenderís
Office is confidential, governed by the attorney-client privilege under Section
90.502, Florida Statutes, and cannot be revealed without the client's consent.
It is important to understand that the clientís conversations with a spouse,
family, friends, other prisoners, news reporters, police, probation and
corrections officers are not subject to the attorney-client privilege and can be
used against the client in court.