October 27, 2009
The South Carolina Supreme Court imposed a nine month definite suspension based on the following findings:
On December 26, 2008, respondent was arrested and charged with possession of cocaine with intent to distribute, possession within close proximity of a school, possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, following too closely, failure to surrender driver’s license, and driving under suspension. Respondent’s driver’s license had been suspended for failure to pay traffic tickets.
Respondent entered into and successfully completed the pre-trial intervention program in order to dispose of the drug-related charges. The driving under suspension and failure to surrender license charges were dismissed.
Respondent admits that, at the time of his arrest, he was in possession of approximately 4.53 grams of cocaine, less than one ounce of marijuana, and a small marijuana pipe. Following his arrest, respondent consulted with Lawyers Helping Lawyers and completed an outpatient drug and alcohol program. He currently participates in a 12-step program. Respondent represents that he has abstained from drugs and alcohol since his arrest.
The attorney had agreed to a suspension in the nine months to two year range. The court declined to impose the sanction retroactively to the date of a January 5, 2009 interim suspension order. (Mike Frisch)
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