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Opinion 654

Question Presented

Under the Texas Disciplinary Rules of Professional Conduct, may a lawyer encourage members of the public to visit her law office by offering to provide free information such as warrant checks and bail bond information that may be of interest to the public?

A Texas lawyer’s office is located across the street from the county jail and the sign outside the office identifies it as a law office.  The lawyer plans to place another sign outside her office stating: “Free bail bond information” and “Free warrant check.”  The lawyer plans to have her legal assistant provide free information to office visitors about bail bonds and about warrants, including determining whether a warrant exists, the nature of the warrant, and the amount of outstanding fines associated with the warrant.  The lawyer will also instruct her legal assistant to inform visitors that the lawyer practices criminal law and is accepting new clients.

Bluebook Citation

Tex. Comm. On Professional Ethics, Op. 654 (2016)