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Rule 15-605. Imposition of sanctions.

Absent aggravating ormitigating circumstances, upon application of the factors set out in Rule15-604 of this Article, the following sanctions are generally appropriate.

(a) Declicensure.Delicensure is generally appropriate when a licensedparalegal practitioner:

(a)(1) knowingly engages inprofessional misconduct as defined in Rule 8.4(a), (d), (e), or (f) of theLicensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules of Professional Conduct with the intentto benefit the licensed paralegal practitioner or another or to deceive thecourt, and causes serious or potentially serious injury to a party, the public,or the legal system, or causes serious or potentially serious interference witha 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) engagesin any other intentional misconduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, ormisrepresentation that seriously adversely reflects on the licensed paralegalpractitioner?s fitness to practice law as a licensed paralegal practitioner.

(b) Suspension. Suspensionis generally appropriate when a licensed paralegal practitioner:

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

(b)(2) engagesin criminal conduct that does not contain the elements listed in Rule15-605(a)(2) but nevertheless seriously adversely reflects on the licensedparalegal practitioner?s fitness to practice law as a licensed paralegalpractitioner.

(c) Reprimand. Reprimand isgenerally appropriate when a licensed paralegal practitioner:

(c)(1) negligently engagesin professional misconduct as defined in Rule 8.4(a), (d), (e), or (f) of theLicensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules of Professional Conduct and causes injuryto a party, the public, or the legal system, or causes interference with alegal proceeding; or

(c)(2) engagesin any other misconduct that involves dishonesty, fraud, deceit, ormisrepresentation and that adversely reflects on the licensed paralegalpractitioner?s fitness to practice law as a licensed paralegal practitioner.

(d) Admonition. Admonitionis generally appropriate when a licensed paralegal practitioner:

(d)(1) negligently engages inprofessional misconduct as defined in Rule 8.4(a), (d), (e), or (f) of theLicensed Paralegal Practitioner Rules of Professional Conduct and causes littleor no injury to a party, the public, or the legal system or interference with alegal proceeding, but exposes a party, the public, or the legal system topotential injury or causes potential interference with a legal proceeding; or

(d)(2) engagesin any professional misconduct not otherwise identified in this rule thatadversely reflects on the licensed paralegal practitioner?s fitness to practicelaw as a licensed paralegal practitioner.

Effective November 1, 2018