Do I need to report a fist-time DUI to the State Bar of California? Attorney Ethic / Professional Responsibility Question.

I am newly admitted member of the State Bar of California. I was recently arrested for DUI and I would probably be convicted of the DUI. It was my first DUI arrest; if I am convicted of the DUI charge, would I be required to report the DUI conviction to the State Bar Office of the Chief Trial Counsel?

San Francisco, CA -

Attorney Answers (4)

Christine C McCall

Christine C McCall

Administrative Law Lawyer - Pasadena, CA
Answered

Most attorneys don't self-report as required, and many don't even know (or remember) the self-reporting requirement,but it's there:
"Attorneys are required to self-report felony indictments, felony or misdemeanor charges or convictions, guilty verdicts, guilty pleas and no contest pleas.
Business & Professions Code Section 6068(o)"

Note that you are required to report any charges filed, not just a conviction, but not arrests.

It's very harsh.

My responses to questions on Avvo are never intended as legal advice and must not be relied upon as legal advice.... more
Robert Laurens Driessen

Robert Laurens Driessen

DUI / DWI Attorney - Irvine, CA
Answered

Yes they will find out about the arrest and they will look at you more favorably if you self report.
Robert Driessen

Mr. Driessen is a former Deputy DA in Orange County with over 8 years of criminal law experience. Nothing stated... more
Michael Raymond Daymude

Michael Raymond Daymude

Litigation Lawyer - Sherman Oaks, CA
Answered

I would voluntarily report the conviction. The Ethics Hotline (800-238-4427) should be consulted if you have any doubts that reporting is necessary. More information is available here: http://www.calbar.ca.gov/Attorneys/MemberServices ReportingRequirements.aspx

I am licensed in California only and my answers on Avvo assume California law. Answers provided by me are for... more
Charles K. Kenyon Jr.

Charles K. Kenyon Jr.

Criminal Defense Attorney - Madison, WI
Answered

Since this is a misdemeanor charge, you are required to report the charge.

Confidential information should not be disclosed in this Internet forum. Click on the "More..." link for... more

Related Topics

First DUI

While first DUIs generally have much lighter sentences, they can still have significant indirect effects, such as increased insurance rates.

Featured Legal Guides

Professional ethics

Professional ethics refers to the codes of conduct that apply to professionals like lawyers and doctors. A breach of ethics may result in disciplinary action.

Featured Legal Guides

Questions? An attorney can help.

Ask a Question
Free & anonymous.
Find a Lawyer
Free. No commitment.