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stintez
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any word on this

Postby stintez » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:28 pm

My friend just got pulled over two nights ago and refused to do any ovi test. As of right now he already has one reckless operation and if worst comes to worst he will have a ovi on his record. He starts law school in May and already has is scholly. He said he is not going to tell his school until after the first week of class because by then he will no more information about it. I googled his situations and it appears that he may be fine to take the bar anyway. I just wanted to get some of TLS thoughts.

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Re: any word on this

Postby 2014 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 5:39 pm

Imo he should disclose it sooner rather than later. I'm pretty sure they won't pull his scholarship or admission and admitting it after the fact could be seen as blatantly deceitful and could result in some ill will. I would wait until the charges were finalized and let them know about it and keep them informed of the progress if they request it.

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Re: any word on this

Postby tchan4269 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:37 pm

2014 wrote:Imo he should disclose it sooner rather than later. I'm pretty sure they won't pull his scholarship or admission and admitting it after the fact could be seen as blatantly deceitful and could result in some ill will. I would wait until the charges were finalized and let them know about it and keep them informed of the progress if they request it.


what do you mean by "finalized charges"? doesn't the fact that he was cited finalize the ovi charge? but i do agree with full and quick disclosure.

i think the point here is that, in the eyes of the bar, an "ethically ideal" lawyer would disclose anything that he or she has ever possibly been charged with, regardless of whether or not the charges were ever "finalized" (whatever that means) or whether or not he or she were convicted. i am inclined to say that i would disclose it to the school immediately, but then agian, it may also depend on which bar he plans on trying to sit for....

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Re: any word on this

Postby thegor1987 » Tue Feb 22, 2011 7:43 pm

Open up the LSAC electronic application he submitted. Under the character and fitness section there is usually a provision regarding notifying the school about pending charges.

Most law schools require to disclose any arrest after acceptance but before matriculation.

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Re: any word on this

Postby 2014 » Wed Feb 23, 2011 3:14 am

You said "As of right now" and "worst comes to worst" which makes it sound to me like they haven't decided what to write him up or charge him for. That is why I said finalized charges.

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Re: any word on this

Postby CanadianWolf » Wed Feb 23, 2011 11:52 am

Get an experienced lawyer in hope of getting the charge reduced for a plea or, possibly, dismissed. Your friend must report this to his law school in the very near future.

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Re: any word on this

Postby stintez » Wed Feb 23, 2011 2:29 pm

I told him to wait and talk to his attorney before he tells the school, but that he needs to tell his school at some point this week. I doubt they will take his scholly away but if he waits to tell them until after it is all said and done they might.




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