Tuesday, February 25, 2020
The Delaware Supreme Court has reinstated (with conditions) an attorney suspended for 15 months.
Delaware Business Now reported on the suspension
A Wilmington attorney has been suspended for a total 15 months from practicing law after a traffic stop found him in possession of loaded guns and a prescription drug while under the influence of alcohol.
Donald C. Vavala, III was pulled over in May and later admitted to consuming beverages at bars in the Trolley Square neighborhood in Wilmington and north Wilmington areas.
Police found Vavala with weapons and the drug Adderall.
He did not have a prescription for the drug related to amphetamines. Adderall is used to treat hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders.
Vavala was suspended in May and the latest order from the Delaware Supreme Court makes the suspension retroactive from the initial suspension in May of last year, meaning he could see his license returned later this year.
Vavala testified that he is a target shooter and forgot to take ammunition out of the firearms.
He was convicted of misdemeanor charges. Testimony indicated that no signs of impairment were detected while working as an attorney for a Wilmington firm.