Friday, September 2, 2011

A Series Of Petty Thefts

From the September 2011 California Bar Journal:

[An attorney] was suspended for four years, stayed, placed on four years of probation with a two-year actual suspension and until she proves her rehabilitation and she was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. She received credit for a period of interim suspension that began Nov. 20, 2009. The order took effect Feb. 18, 2011.

[The attorney] stipulated to three counts of misconduct following three convictions for misdemeanor shoplifting.

She pleaded no contest to petty theft in 2002 after taking merchandise worth $391 from a Long’s drugstore. In 2005, she took $96 worth of merchandise from a Von’s and pleaded no contest to misdemeanor petty theft with a prior. In 2008, she left a Rite-Aid store with four items in her purse and pleaded no contest to felony petty theft with priors. Pursuant to a plea agreement, the felony was reduced to a misdemeanor and the priors were stricken.

In mitigation, she had no prior record in 20 years of practice and was inactive at the time of the incidents, she cooperated with the bar’s investigation and she had personal problems involving depression and excessive use of alcohol. She underwent treatment for those conditions.

(Mike Frisch)

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