Thursday, April 14, 2022

Domestic Violence Consent Sanction Imposed

The South Carolina Supreme Court accepted a consent reprimand for a domestic violence crime

Respondent was charged with felony first-degree domestic violence on January 24, 2021, and subsequently placed on interim suspension. In re Wilson, 432 S.C. 491, 854 S.E.2d 614 (2021). On December 6, 2021, Respondent entered a plea of no contest to one count of third-degree simple assault. The facts supporting the plea indicate that Respondent willfully and unlawfully engaged in an argument with his wife which escalated to the point that it was reasonable for his wife to fear imminent harm. Respondent was sentenced to thirty days in jail, suspended upon payment of a $500 fine plus costs. On December 7, 2021, Respondent paid $1,183.26, thereby successfully completing the court-ordered requirements of his sentence.

An interim suspension was ordered and later vacated.

Sanction

We find Respondent's misconduct warrants a public reprimand. See In re Laquiere, 366 S.C. 559, 623 S.E.2d 651 (2005) (publicly reprimanding a lawyer who pled guilty to criminal domestic violence following an argument in which the lawyer struck his ex-girlfriend in the face). Accordingly, we accept the Agreement and publicly reprimand Respondent for his misconduct. Within thirty days, Respondent shall pay the costs incurred in the investigation and prosecution of this matter by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel and the Commission on Lawyer Conduct.

(Mike Frisch)

 

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