The state Supreme Court disciplined three South Florida attorneys, including one with a felony conviction, the Florida Bar announced Monday.
Christopher Jones of Miami was suspended for three years after he was found in contempt for failing to comply with a November suspension order. He was originally suspended after pleading no contest to trespassing and conveyance of a deadly weapon, a third-degree felony, according to the Florida Supreme Court. Jones was sentenced to two years of probation.
The court then suspended Jones for 18 months starting in August 2016. Jones was required to notify clients, opposing counsel and judges his law license was suspended, but he failed to send proof he’d done so by the deadline, according to the state bar.
Sally Schmidt of West Palm Beach was suspended for one year and ordered to pay $800 to cover monitoring fees. She must undergo a substance abuse evaluation by a provider approved by Florida Lawyers Assistance. FLA will then recommend whether her law license should be restored.
Schmidt was found in contempt for violating a September 2015 suspension order that required her to participate in random urine testing and stay in touch with FLA every month for three years. She did not provide documentation showing her treatment for a period of several months and did not pay the required monitoring fees, according to the court docket.
The original 91-day suspension was for failure to comply with a FLA contract.
The Florida Bar has made attorneys’ mental health one of its top priorities for the year, focusing on programs that prevent substance abuse by helping lawyers deal with stress in healthy ways.
Angela Abell of Miami was suspended until further notice for not fully responding to a subpoena for trust account records.