Neenah attorney faces 6-month license suspension.

 
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Byline: Erika Strebel, erika.strebel@wislawjournal.com

A Neenah attorney faces a 6-month license suspension for jumping bail, a felony conviction and practicing law while his license was suspended.

The Office of Lawyer Regulation on Dec. 27 charged the solo-practitioner David Templeton with three counts of misconduct. The OLR alleges that Templeton's conduct leading up to a felony conviction in May amount to a violation of the state's attorney-ethics rules.

In June 2017, a Fox Crossing Police Department investigator told the OLR that Templeton was under investigation. Templeton was arrested in August 2017.

He was later charged with a felony count of delivering heroin. He was released on bail, under the condition that he remain sober and commit no criminal acts. However, about a week later, he caused a disturbance at his apartment complex while he was intoxicated and was charged with two counts of bail jumping and one count of disorderly conduct.

In March, Templeton pleaded no contest to a felony count of delivering heroin and a single count of bail jumping. The remaining charges were dismissed and read in to the record. A judge in May sentenced him to five years of probation. If that probation were revoked, he would now have to spend two years in prison and three years under extended supervision.

The remaining allegations of misconduct involve a suspension of Templeton's license that began in May 2017, when he failed to report completing continuing-legal-education requirements. The OLR alleges Templeton failed to tell his clients and opposing counsel that his license had...

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