Wednesday, January 4, 2017

All Over A Seatbelt Citation

From the January 2017 online California Bar Journal

ALLISON CHRISTINE WORDEN [#211104], 41, of San Diego, was suspended from the practice of law for 60 days and ordered to take the MPRE. She was also placed on two years’ probation and faces a one-year suspension if she fails to comply with the terms of her disciplinary probation. The order took effect Nov. 20, 2016.

On Feb. 13, 2013, a jury found Worden guilty of one count of conspiracy to obstruct justice and the due administration of law and two counts of alteration or destruction of a traffic citation, all misdemeanors.

In May 2011, Worden and her coworker, both deputy district attorneys for the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office, were pulled over and each received a citation for Worden’s failure to wear a seatbelt. Worden later phoned a family friend, a sergeant in the San Diego Police Department’s traffic division, who agreed to dismiss the citations without talking to the traffic officer. Worden then told her coworker to destroy her citation but the coworker refused to do so. Worden resigned from the district attorney’s office after the jury trial.

In aggravation, Worden’s conduct was damaging to the integrity and credibility of the criminal justice system and to the legal profession. In mitigation, she had no prior record of discipline, presented evidence of her good character, has done community service and entered into a pretrial stipulation with the State Bar.

The San Diego Union Tribune reported on the appeal of the criminal conviction. (Mike Frisch)

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