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Rule 14-605

Rule 14-605. Imposition ofsanctions.

Absent aggravating ormitigating circumstances, upon application of the factors set out in Rule14-604, the following sanctions are generally appropriate.

(a) Disbarment. Disbarment isgenerally appropriate when a lawyer:

(a)(1) knowingly engages inprofessional misconduct as defined in Rule 8.4(a), (d), (e), or (f) of theRules of Professional Conduct with the intent to benefit the lawyer or anotheror to deceive the court, and causes serious or potentially serious injury to aparty, the public, or the legal system, or causes serious or potentiallyserious interference with a legal proceeding; or

(a)(2) engages in seriouscriminal conduct, a necessary element of which includes intentionalinterference with the administration of justice, false swearing,misrepresentation, fraud, extortion, misappropriation, or theft; or the sale,distribution, or importation of controlled substances; or the intentionalkilling of another; or an attempt or conspiracy or solicitation of another tocommit any of these offenses; or

(a)(3) engages in any otherintentional misconduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, ormisrepresentation that seriously adversely reflects on the lawyer's fitness topractice law.

(b) Suspension. Suspension isgenerally appropriate when a lawyer:

(b)(1) knowingly engages inprofessional misconduct as defined in Rule 8.4(a), (d), (e), or (f) of theRules of Professional Conduct and causes injury or potential injury to a party,the public, or the legal system, or causes interference or potentialinterference with a legal proceeding; or

(b)(2) engages in criminalconduct that does not contain the elements listed in Rule 14-605(a)(2) butnevertheless seriously adversely reflects on the lawyer's fitness to practicelaw.

(c) Reprimand. Reprimand isgenerally appropriate when a lawyer:

(c)(1) negligently engages inprofessional misconduct as defined in Rule 8.4(a), (d), (e), or (f) of theRules of Professional Conduct and causes injury to a party, the public, or thelegal system, or causes interference with a legal proceeding; or

(c)(2) engages in any othermisconduct that involves dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation andthat adversely reflects on the lawyer's fitness to practice law.

(d) Admonition. Admonition isgenerally appropriate when a lawyer:

(d)(1) negligently engages inprofessional misconduct as defined in Rule 8.4(a), (d), (e), or (f) of theRules of Professional Conduct and causes little or no injury to a party, thepublic, or the legal system or interference with a legal proceeding, butexposes a party, the public, or the legal system to potential injury or causespotential interference with a legal proceeding; or

(d)(2) engages in anyprofessional misconduct not otherwise identified in this rule that adverselyreflects on the lawyer's fitness to practice law.