Sunday, April 15, 2007

A Serious Problem

The Arkansas Supreme Court disbarred an attorney as a result of a felony conviction for a second offense of driving while intoxicated. The court held that the felony offense involved a "serious crime." The attorney had been suspended on an interim basis after the conviction but continued to practice law. The court held that the practice of law involves broader conduct than appearing in court, but includes holding oneself out as a licensed attorney. When the attorney was arrested on a revocation warrant for the practicing while suspended charge, his blood alcohol level was .32% (Mike Frisch)

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.32%!!!! I haven't been that drunk since my sophmore year in college (1974). Was he disbarred because of his second DWI conviction or because of contemptuous conduct re: the interim suspension order?

Posted by: Pubert | Apr 16, 2007 7:42:40 AM

It appears that the court considered both as serious misconduct. The only higher blood alcohol content that I have seen was a DUI case in my public defender days. The client died prior to trial.

Posted by: Mike Frisch | Apr 16, 2007 10:00:12 AM

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