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Suspension, probation recommended for Denham Springs attorney after 3 DWI arrests since 2006

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By Karen Kidd | Oct 21, 2019

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NEW ORLEANS (Louisiana Record) — Denham Springs attorney Brian L. McCullough faces possible suspension following a recommendation issued May 8 by a Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board (LADB) hearing committee over three alcohol-related arrests dating to 2006.

In its six-page recommendation, LADB hearing committee No. 40 recommended McCullough be suspended for a year, retroactive to the date of his voluntary interim suspension in February. The committee also recommended McCullough "be placed on probation for a period to coincide with the current five-year recovery agreement he executed with the judges and lawyers assistance program." 

The committee also recommended that he not be required to reapply for reinstatement and that he be required to pay all costs in the proceedings. The recommendation was signed Oct. 14 by committee chair Ron C. Henderson and issued the following day. Attorney member H. Price Mounger and public member Vance J. Normand Jr. concurred. 

McCullough was admitted to the bar in Louisiana on Oct. 18, 2007, according to his profile at the Louisiana State Bar Association's website.

McCullough was placed on voluntary interim suspension following a Supreme Court order in February.

In a previous discipline, McCullough received an entirely deferred year-and-a-day suspension and was placed on two years' probation following his 2011 guilty plea to first offence driving while intoxicated, according to an October 2012 state Supreme Court order.

McCullough also was arrested for DWI in 2006, pleading guilty in that matter about three months before he was admitted to the bar, and in October 2016, according to the recommendation. The hearing committee found McCullough had violated a professional conduct rule regarding commission of a criminal act including, which reflects adversely upon the lawyer's fitness.

The hearing committee also heard testimony "offered in support of mitigation" from McCullough and two others, the recommendation said.

"[McCullough] was found to be very credible and his testimony was direct and forthright in addressing the issues before him," the recommendation added. "[McCullough] was cooperative regarding the charge filed against him and ultimately followed the recommendations made through the judges and lawyers assistance program assessment process, completed an in-patient treatment program and is currently up to date and in full compliance with a five-year judges and lawyers assistance program-approved plan that includes periodic monitoring."

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