My question involves malpractice by a lawyer in the state of: CA
I just had a quick question. My friend received a document from a eligible practicing lawyer (Esq.) informing that it is a criminal complaint. However, in the document, which was sent via email and a pdf attached, also had the wrong name of an individual, in fact two individuals. The document did not have a case number of court file. The person who made the complaint did not use their real name and the lawyer knew this fact and continued with the document. The individual is well known and uses an alias and not her legal birth name on a government document. The lawyer knew this is an alias and not a legal name. The document informed of the criminal case and further action from my friend. The lawyer even said it was ok to contact him. Is this unethical of the lawyer who knowingly continued to do this? What are the ramifications? I view this as unethical because the information and accusations are false, which can be proven. Also, Of the three individuals that are involved in this case, two of the names of two individuals are incorrect and inaccurate with no bases. I feel that this lawyer is using her professional status to "threaten" my friend. What can be done because I feel that this is dishonest and against the code of ethics. As a lawyer, the information must be correct and he knows who he is sending it out to. Please give suggestions and your opinions on this matter.