You have a duty to report to the State Bar any conviction or verdict of guilty or plea of guilty or no contest of a felony. You must also report misdemeanors committed in the course of the practice of law, or in a manner in which a client of the attorney was the victim, or if necessary element of the crime involves improper conduct, dishonesty or an act of moral turpitude. Also included are attempts to conspire or solicit another to commit a felony, or a misdemeanor of that type.
If the district or city attorney discovers that you are an attorney, they have a duty to report the pendency of criminal proceedings against you to the State Bar. Likewise, the clerk of the court must transmit a certified copy of your record of conviction to the State Bar. These reporting obligations are separate and distinct from a lawyers own personal duty to self-report and will not substitute for self-reporting.
A criminal conviction is conclusive evidence of guilt of the crime committed. A plea or verdict of guilty, a plea of nolo contendere, or a conviction after a plea of nolo is deemed to be a conviction. Business and Professions Code Section 6101(e). Conviction of a felony or misdemeanor involving moral turpitude is cause for suspension or disbarment.
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