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

A lawyer may not warn a debtor about the criminal sanctions that may be awarded under the Virginia Code, because mentioning the criminal sanctions would amount to a threat to bring criminal charges solely to gain an advantage in a civil matter.

Copyright 2000, Thomas E. Spahn