Monday, October 6, 2014
A disbarred lawyer is now a permanently disbarred lawyer as a result of a 2007 criminal conviction as a result of a decision of the Louisiana Supreme Court.
The lawyer was suspended in 2006 and disbarred in 2010
based upon his conviction of criminal mischief stemming from a violent physical altercation with his elderly father and his forging of a medical record at the request of a client whom he represented on drug charges.
In June 2007, respondent was driving with passenger Shannon Boudreaux when he was stopped by the Lafayette Police Department ("LPD"). The officers asked for respondent’s identification and discovered that his driver’s license had been suspended. The officers then arrested respondent, at which time respondent volunteered that there were "narcotics" inside the vehicle. Thereafter, officers from the Lafayette Parish Narcotics Unit were called to the scene. A subsequent search revealed the presence of approximately 200 alprazolam (Xanax) tablets. Respondent was then arrested and booked on charges of possession with intent to distribute Schedule IV narcotics. Respondent was later allowed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor (possession of drug paraphernalia) by the district attorney’s office.
Regardless of the fact that respondent’s misconduct may not definitively fit any of the specific permanent disbarment guidelines, his conduct demonstrates a clear lack of moral fitness. His behavior continues to place the public at risk and tarnish the image of the legal profession. In order to protect the public and maintain the high standards of the legal profession in this state, we find respondent should not be allowed the opportunity to return to the practice of law in the future.