How to Be Disbarred by the State Bar Association

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Lawyers are held to exceptionally high standards. Becoming a lawyer means swearing an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the state constitution in which you practice. Every state has its own state bar association, along with various provisions and grounds for disbarment. On the other hand, being disbarred is not too difficult, if you are investigated and found guilty of any of the following misdeeds.

  • Commit a crime -- misdemeanor or felony -- one that is considered morally repugnant to give the bar grounds to disbar you. Rape or sexual assault, for example, will result in immediate expulsion.

  • Violate your oath and/or a court order, and it will result in disbarment. Misleading a judge with tainted evidence, for instance, or defying a court order not to enter a particular premises involved with a case will mean banishment from legal service.

  • Falsely identify yourself. This will definitely lead to disbarment. Specifically, any lawyer who allows another person to use his professional credentials and/or likeness is unacceptable to state bar associations.

  • Show gross incompetency, because this can result in being disbarred. Practicing law with a suspended lawyer for example -- or allowing a disbarred attorney to continue using office space -- or associate with your firm can be considered gross incompetency.

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