June 6, 2012
A Long Way To Go
The Michigan Attorney Discipline Board has agreed with a hearing panel's determination to impose a 45-day suspension, nunc pro tunc to February 29, 2012, in a matter involving an incident that led to the attorney's conviction for three counts of controlled substances offenses, operating while intoxicated and attempted resisting and obstructing a police officer.
At the time of the offenses, the attorney was on disciplinary probation that required her to be alcohol and drug free. The suspension imposed here will be followed by probation with conditions for 18 months.
The crimes as described by the hearing panel:
...after arguing with her boyfriend the evening before, she went to Boyne City to visit a friend she had used with in the past where she obtained a variety of drugs and/or controlled controlled substances including morphine, Xanax -- her drug of choice, and a large amount of marijuana that would last her for "months." All that led to her arrest later that afternoon and the five criminal charges that are the basis for this proceeding. She has had a drug problem since at least 2004 and by her own admission she was using cocaine as far back as high school. While she is apparently now making a sincere effort to overcome her dependency addiction, she has a long way to go.
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