Thank you for your follow-up.
Based on your information I will likely provide you with an answer you will not be happy hearing, so please be aware that I am solely going by your facts when evaluating my response.
Most likely I do not see the attorney here acting irresponsibly. Here is why:
While a vast majority of information an attorney obtains is subject to attorney-client privilege
, not all information is so protected. Common examples may be when the client himself broke confidentiality
, that may allow the attorney to speak on the topics the client discussed. Similarly if an attorney is being sued by a client for some sort of breach, the attorney is not bound by the privilege as a means of defending himself. An another exception is if the attorney reasonably believes that someone's life is in danger, or serious injury may take place, he is permitted to breach and inform others of the danger. In this situation sending the attorney an image of a rifle scope can be taken as a very viable threat, either against the attorney or against the neighbors, permitting the attorney to discuss it with the potential victims. He would also be permitted to contact the police and have them take a possible interest in this matter.
Having said that...
If you are claiming that the attorney actually cleaned firearms in front of you, and set the sights on you, that is also a danger and possibly a violation. That may permit you to contact the police over a possible attempted murder
charge as well as contact the county bar association and file a complaint both over a possible threat and also over the breach of confidentiality. As I stated above I do not see that such a breach occured based on your information, but you can still contact them to see if they will agree with your explanation.