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35-Threatening Criminal and Disciplinary Action

A lawyer may not threaten to present criminal charges to obtain an advantage in a civil matter, and may not allude to a possible criminal prosecution when corresponding with a debtor (if the sole purpose it to advance the client's civil claim). [Rule 3.4(h) allows a lawyer to offer advice to the client about the client's rights under the criminal law.]

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