September 9, 2010
An attorney has been suspended for two years by the Wisconsin Supreme Court for an incident that led to his conviction for possession of heroin. The court describes the facts:
Attorney...'s professional misconduct in this matter stems from events culminating in a criminal conviction for possession of heroin. On or about March 7, 2009, law enforcement authorities executed a search warrant on the
Lake Genevahome of K.L. Attorney...was found in a room with K.L. despite the fact that K.L. was at the time released on felony bond with conditions including that she not have any contact with [him]. The search revealed cocaine and heroin in various locations in the room where K.L. and Attorney...were found. The search also revealed cocaine and heroin in a vehicle that had been driven by Attorney...and parked in the garage assigned to K.L.'s residence. During the search, Attorney...admitted to law enforcement his use of heroin and cocaine.
In March 2009 Attorney...was criminally charged with possession of narcotic drugs, possession of cocaine, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony bail jumping in connection with this incident...Cash bail amounts were set for each defendant, and the defendants were ordered to have no contact with each other.
On March 8, 2009, Attorney...paid cash to bond himself out of the
jail. K.L. remained in custody on a $10,000 cash bail. On March 11, 2009, D.M. brought $10,000 cash to the jail for the release of K.L. A short time later that day, D.M. admitted to law enforcement that Attorney...had called her and instructed her to go to a specific conference room in a hotel in Delavan to pick up a bag containing a phone and charger, $10,000 cash, a map to the sheriff's department, instructions on what D.M. should tell the police if she was questioned, and an additional $500 for D.M. to split with K.L. Attorney...'s written instructions to D.M. included, in part, that D.M. should give the phone to K.L. and tell K.L. to use it to call [him], and further stated "[K.L.] can never say I bailed her out! Never!" Walworth County
The attorney stipulated to the discipline imposed.
Lake GenevaNews.net has this report from the arrest. (Mike Frisch)
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