STATE BAR COURT RECOMMENDS 2-YEAR SUSPENSION FOR FORMER DA WITH MULTIPLE DUI CONVICTIONS

Contact: Laura Ernde 

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laura.ernde@calbar.ca.gov

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 18, 2014 – A State Bar Court hearing judge has recommended a two-year suspension for a former assistant district attorney with multiple drunk driving convictions who tried to use his position to avoid the DUI arrests.

Marc Anthony Guillory, [Bar # 214098] had prosecuted DUI cases in San Bernardino County and San Francisco when he was convicted three times of misdemeanor DUI -- in 2008, 2010 and 2012. In June 1999, two years before he was admitted to the State Bar of California, he was driving under the influence when had an accident that killed his cousin. In that case, he was convicted of driving recklessly with alcohol in his system.

“Respondent’s repeated alcohol-related criminal conduct, which has spanned a period of 12 years or more, shows a wanton disregard for the safety of the public and abnegation by respondent of the duties that he owes to his fellow man,” Judge Pat McElroy wrote in recommending a two-year suspension of Guillory’s law license and four years of probation.

In addition, McElroy called it “one of the more egregious aspects” of the case that Guillory tried to use his position as a public servant to get special treatment. After being pulled over, he showed the arresting police officers his prosecutor’s “badge” and asked that they let him go or give him a break.

“The court concludes that respondent’s attempts to obtain special dispensations from the arresting officers based on his position as a public servant involved corruption and moral turpitude,” McElroy wrote.

Although similar DUI convictions have generally resulted in shorter suspensions for the attorneys involved, McElroy recommended more for Guillory because of the circumstances involved and “in light of current societal rejection of impaired driving, especially drunk driving.”

The suspension does not go into effect until it’s approved by the California Supreme Court.

The case was prosecuted by Senior Trial Counsel Robin Brune.

Lawyers dealing with substance abuse, stress and other issues can seek help through the State Bar of California's Lawyer Assistance Program.

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