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Rule 14-603

Rule 14-603. Sanctions.

(a) Scope. A disciplinarysanction is imposed on a lawyer upon a finding or acknowledgement that thelawyer has engaged in professional misconduct.

(b) Disbarment. Disbarmentterminates the individual's status as a lawyer. A lawyer who has been disbarredmay be readmitted as provided in Rule 14-525.

(c) Suspension. Suspension isthe removal of a lawyer from the practice of law for a specified minimum periodof time. Generally, suspension should be imposed for a specific period of timeequal to or greater than six months, but in no event should the time periodprior to application for reinstatement be more than three years.

(c)(1) A lawyer who has beensuspended for six months or less may be reinstated as set forth in Rule 14-524.

(c)(2) A lawyer who has beensuspended for more than six months may be reinstated as set forth in Rule14-525.

(d) Interim suspension. Interimsuspension is the temporary suspension of a lawyer from the practice of law.Interim suspension may be imposed as set forth in Rules 14-518 and 14-519.

(e) Reprimand. Reprimand ispublic discipline which declares the conduct of the lawyer improper, but doesnot limit the lawyer's right to practice.

(f) Admonition. Admonition isnonpublic discipline which declares the conduct of the lawyer improper, butdoes not limit the lawyer's right to practice.

(g) Probation. Probation is asanction that allows a lawyer to practice law under specified conditions.Probation can be public or nonpublic, can be imposed alone or in conjunctionwith other sanctions, and can be imposed as a condition of readmission orreinstatement.

(h) Resignation with disciplinepending. Resignation with discipline pending is a form of public disciplinewhich allows a respondent to resign from the practice of law while either aninformal or formal complaint is pending against the respondent. Resignationwith discipline pending may be imposed as set forth in Rule 14-521.

(i) Other sanctions andremedies. Other sanctions and remedies which may be imposed include:

(i)(1) restitution;

(i)(2) assessment of costs;

(i)(3) limitation uponpractice;

(i)(4) appointment of areceiver;

(i)(5) a requirement that thelawyer take the Bar Examination or professional responsibility examination; and

(i)(6) a requirement that thelawyer attend continuing education courses.

(j) Reciprocal discipline.Reciprocal discipline is the imposition of a disciplinary sanction on a lawyerwho has been disciplined in another court, another jurisdiction, or aregulatory body having disciplinary jurisdiction.