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Rule 11-583. Imposition of sanctions.

Absent aggravating or mitigatingcircumstances, upon application of the factors set out in Rule 11-582, thefollowing sanctions are generally appropriate.

(a) Disbarment. Disbarment is generally appropriate when a Lawyer:

(1)knowingly engages in professional misconduct as defined in Rule 8.4(a), (d),(e), or (f) of the Rules of Professional Conduct with the intent to benefit theLawyer or another or to deceive the court, and causes serious or potentiallyserious injury to a party, the public, or the legal system, or causes seriousor potentially serious interference with a legal proceeding; or

(2)engages in serious criminal conduct, a necessary element of which includesintentional interference 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

(3)engages in any other intentional misconduct involving dishonesty, fraud,deceit, or misrepresentation that seriously adversely reflects on the Lawyer?sfitness to practice law.

(b) Suspension. Suspension is generally appropriate when a Lawyer:

(1)knowingly engages in professional misconduct as defined in Rule 8.4(a), (d),(e), or (f) of the Rules of Professional Conduct and causes injury or potentialinjury to a party, the public, or the legal system, or causes interference orpotential interference with a legal proceeding; or

(2)engages in criminal conduct that does not contain the elements listed in Rule14-605(a)(2) but nevertheless seriously adversely reflects on the Lawyer?sfitness to practice law.

(c) Reprimand. Reprimand is generally appropriate when a Lawyer:

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

(2)engages in any other misconduct that involves dishonesty, fraud, deceit, ormisrepresentation and that adversely reflects on the Lawyer?s fitness topractice law.

(d) Admonition. Admonition is generally appropriate when a Lawyer:

(1)negligently engages in professional misconduct as defined in Rule 8.4(a), (d),(e), or (f) of the Rules of Professional Conduct and causes little or no injuryto a party, the public, or the legal system or interference with a legalproceeding, but exposes a party, the public, or the legal system to potentialinjury or causes potential interference with a legal proceeding; or

(2) engages in any professionalmisconduct not otherwise identified in this rule that adversely reflects on theLawyer?s fitness to practice law.

EffectiveDecember 15, 2020