Thursday, November 1, 2012

Annoying Calls Draw Sanction

From the November 2012 online edition of the California Bar Journal:

[An attorney] was suspended for two years, stayed, placed on two years of probation with a four-month actual suspension and he was ordered to comply with rule 9.20 of the California Rules of Court. The order took effect Sept. 27, 2012.

[The attorney] was convicted in 2010 of making annoying phone calls to his ex-wife, a misdemeanor warranting discipline. He called his ex-wife five to seven times one evening and was belligerent and yelling on the phone. She went to his home, found him inebriated and refused to enter the home. Because she was frightened, she contacted the police who found several containers with marijuana and a glass smoking pipe in [his] home. At the time, he was on probation for two 2009 misdemeanor convictions for driving under the influence.

In mitigation, [he] cooperated with the bar’s investigation and receives treatment for bipolar disorder and alcohol dependence. He has been sober since May 2010 and has regularly attended Alcoholic Anonymous meetings. He was suspended in 2010 following convictions for driving on a suspended license and driving under the influence.

(Mike Frisch)

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