Thursday, February 2, 2012

Shampoo, Rinse, Suspend

A disciplinary sanction is summarized in the most recent edition of the California Bar Journal:

[An attorney] was suspended for three years, stayed, placed on three years of probation with an actual six-month suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE and comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. She received credit for an interim suspension from Sept. 5 - Dec. 14, 2007. The order took effect June 18, 2011.

[She] was terminated from the State Bar’s Alternative Discipline Program due to unexcused absences from group/therapy sessions, missed lab tests, having a non-self-reported relapse and not providing an annual certification of completion. She already had admitted several misdemeanor convictions, and because she didn’t complete the ADP successfully was subject to a higher level of discipline.

In 2004, [the attorney] pleaded guilty to misdemeanor hit and run with property damage. A month later, local police responded to a complaint about a fight between roommates, and [she] was arrested and charged with driving under the influence with a prior and driving with a blood alcohol content of more than .08 percent with a prior. ([she] also pleaded no contest and guilty in 2003 to two DUIs and two infractions.)

In 2007, [the attorney] left a hair salon without paying but left a card bearing a different name. The police were called and discovered her other name and prior DUI convictions. [She] later returned to the salon, yelling that her hair was ruined, left $40 of the $240 bill and left. Employees wrote down her license number and police later determined she was driving on a suspended license. She eventually pleaded guilty to petty theft.

In 2008, [She] pleaded no contest to driving under the influence with a prior, a misdemeanor. Some of her convictions involved moral turpitude and others did not.

(Mike Frisch)

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