If the DUI is a felony, the Bar will file a ‘Notice of Determination or Judgment of Guilt,’ and immediately suspend the lawyer.
After the notice is filed, the attorney can at any point file a petition to modify or terminate their suspension.
The Supreme Court of Florida will appoint a committee to hear any filed petitions on suspension and decide upon sanctions for the lawyer. The sanctions may include disbarment, diversion to practice, suspension, public reprimand, probation or a disciplinary resignation.
While the rules are less serious for a misdemeanor, the Florida Bar does not take any criminal activity lightly and requires it to be reported immediately.
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