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Attorney Disciplinary Issues, First Judicial Department

New York First Judicial Department Disciplinary Action Defense Lawyer

Attorneys facing disciplinary action in the First Judicial Department of New York need strong representation.

New York attorneys accused of professional misconduct may face an investigation from the Attorney Grievance Committee of the Judicial Department. When a complaint of professional misconduct is filed by an individual or entity, the Chief Attorney of the committee is authorized to obtain records, interview witnesses, and direct the accused attorney to provide a written response to the complaint and appear for a formal examination under oath. If the committee finds probable cause that the respondent engaged in professional misconduct, then formal disciplinary proceedings may be authorized.

Attorneys have the right to be represented by counsel during such investigations and formal proceedings. Investigations of professional misconduct and disciplinary proceedings can have serious consequences for a lawyer’s career. Upon review, the committee may issue a letter of advisement or admonition, or may dismiss a complaint or decline to investigate. Attorneys may be subject to interim suspension while a complaint is investigated or a proceeding is pending. Discipline may include suspension or disbarment.

Having representation in attorney disciplinary proceedings can make the difference that saves a career. In some cases, a motion for discipline by consent may be the appropriate resolution. In other matters, mitigating circumstances may be crucial to support an argument for appropriate discipline. In some cases, attorneys who have been suspended or disbarred may be reinstated, upon a showing that the respondent has complied with court orders and has the requisite character and fitness to practice law, and that it would be in the public interest to reinstate them.

The First Judicial Department comprises the Counties of New York and the Bronx. If you are facing disciplinary action in this department, contact Brill Legal Group.

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