February 10, 2009
A Serious Problem
An attorney who had been arrested for cocaine possession was suspended for nine months by the South Carolina Supreme court. The attorney acknowledged an ongoing problem with substance abuse:
On or about December 8, 2007, the Mount Pleasant Police Department arrested respondent for possession of a cocaine substance. Respondent admits that he in fact had possession of the cocaine in his vehicle at the time of his arrest. Respondent admits he has a substance abuse problem and, further, that substance abuse is a serious problem which impacts all aspects of his life, including his fitness to practice law.
Respondent represents he has undergone and completed in-patient counseling for substance abuse and has signed a contract with Lawyers Helping Lawyers for continuing assistance in dealing with his substance abuse. Respondent represents he completed Pretrial Intervention and the charges arising out of his December 8, 2007 arrest have been dismissed.
The sanction was based on an agreed disposition. (Mike Frisch)
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