If I’m in jail in Pennsylvania, how do I talk to my attorney?

If you are in jail in Pennsylvania, you have the right to communicate with your attorney. There are several ways to talk to your attorney, including:

  1. In-person visits: You can request an in-person visit with your attorney. Your attorney will need to schedule a visit with the jail or prison, and you will be able to meet with them face-to-face.
  2. Phone calls: You can also speak with your attorney over the phone. You can make collect calls from the jail or prison, or your attorney may call you directly. Note that if you make a collect call to your attorney, the phone calls may be subject to monitoring by jail staff.
  3. Mail: You can send letters to your attorney through the mail. However, keep in mind that mail is subject to inspection and may be read by prison staff.

It’s important to note that communication with your attorney MAY BE confidential, meaning that your conversations cannot be shared with anyone else without your permission. You should always confirm with your attorney that the conversation is CONFIDENTIAL before you disclose any case details. If you are having trouble communicating with your attorney, you may be able to request assistance from the jail or prison staff (counselor or other staff) or from legal aid organizations.

Disclaimer: This website is intended to provide general, not specific, information about Pennsylvania law. The publication of this content does not constitute an attorney-client relationship between the author(s) and the reader(s). This website is an advertisement for legal services.

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