WHAT IS ATTORNEY-CLIENT PRIVILEGE?
In a sentence, in means that whatever is discussed between attorney and client is to remain between attorney and client. Nobody can compel an attorney to discuss conversations had between an attorney and their client. This includes prosecutors and police. The purpose of this rule is to encourage clients to feel comfortable talking with their attorney about any and everything without the fear of anyone, including the prosecutor, finding out about it. It is only when there are full and frank disclosures that the attorney can provide candid advice and effective representation. This protection extends to defendants talking to potential attorneys, even if they don't end up hiring them.