These summaries were prepared by McGuireWoods LLP lawyer Thomas E. Spahn. They are based on the letter opinions issued by the Virginia State Bar. Any editorial comments reflect Mr. Spahn's current personal views, and not the opinions of the Virginia State Bar, McGuireWoods or its clients. 
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35-Threatening Criminal and Disciplinary Action

It is not per se unethical for a lawyer to threaten a criminal prosecution to gain an advantage in a criminal matter (the Bar concludes that the lawyer apparently had a tactical reason for pursuing perjury charges against a witness.)

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn