does privelege apply to aa meetings

is what I say in an aa meeting safe from being used in court against me. Can I be compelled to testify about what I heard at an aa meeting

Asked on February 27, 2016 under Criminal Law, New York


M.D., Member, California and New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

Yes, you can be compelled to testify what you heard at an AA meeting. And any incriminating statesment that you make at such a meeting can be held against you. There is no "privilege" accorded these communications such as there would be for a doctor-patient or attorney-client.

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 4 years ago | Contributor

There is no official legal confidentiality for what is said in an AA meeting--it's not like attorney-client or doctor-patient privilege. Anything you say can be used against you; and conversely, you can be compelled to testify about anything you hear at the meeting.

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