Everyone seems to have a passing familiarity with the attorney-client privilege and the secret nature of communications between someone facing allegations of criminal charges and their defense lawyer.
That protection of confidentiality encourages the defendant, the person accused of a crime, to be honest with their lawyer. Honesty with legal counsel helps avoid surprises and affords a path towards reliable legal advice in any given circumstance.
There is no question under the NC criminal laws that what you confide to your criminal lawyer is confidential and privileged information. It’s an important aspect to the defense of criminal charges, whether it’s for a felony or a misdemeanor – John Fanney, Raleigh Criminal Defense Attorney