Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Traffic Accident Leads To Indefinite Suspension

From the web page of the Ohio Supreme Court:

The Supreme Court of Ohio today indefinitely suspended the law license of [a] Columbus attorney...for professional misconduct arising from her indictment for possession of cocaine and heroin and admitted addictions to alcohol and drugs. [The attorney] was arrested on the drug possession counts after being involved in a serious traffic accident when police investigating the crash found a used crack cocaine pipe and syringes containing heroin residue in her car. 

In a 7-0 per curiam opinion, the Court adopted findings by the Board of Commissioners on Grievances & Discipline that [the attorney] had violated the state disciplinary rules that prohibit an attorney from engaging in an illegal act that reflects adversely on the lawyer’s honesty or trustworthiness, and engaging in conduct that adversely reflects on the lawyer’s fitness to practice law.

In setting the sanction for [her] misconduct, the Court noted that she had previously received administrative license suspensions for failure to comply with state attorney registration procedures  and failure to complete required continuing legal education requirements.  The Court adopted the board’s recommended sanction of an indefinite suspension and also specified that any future application for reinstatement of [her] license will be conditioned on proof that she has successfully completed treatment for substance abuse and is capable of returning to the competent, ethical and professional practice of law.

The opinion is linked here. (Mike Frisch)

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