No. At least it is not OK while we are speaking about the actual facts of your case. All communications that occur between an attorney and a client (or potential client) are covered by the attorney-client privilege which allows the client to prevent the disclosure of confidential communications made for the purpose of facilitating professional legal services. The key here is that the communications must be confidential – if there is anyone else in the room while we are speaking about your case, for example a significant other or family member, then these communications are no longer deemed to be confidential and the attorney-client privilege is waived.
A common example we encounter is when a potential client accused of Assault – Family violence comes to our office and wants their wife or girlfriend, whom they are accused of assaulting, to sit in on our meeting. If we were to allow that, and the wife or girlfriend were to later decide to tell the District Attorney everything talked about in our office, there is nothing we could do about it.
Once we have talked with you about the facts of your case, we will allow your family member to be present for the rest of the meeting when we talk about potential solutions and outcomes for your case.