LOS ANGELES — The State Bar of California ruled on Nov. 20 to
suspend Allison Christine Worden, a former San Diego County deputy
district attorney, from the practice of law for 60 days, according to
the State Bar website.
Worden also will serve one year of probation.
The decision stemmed from a 2011 incident in which Worden was
found guilty of obstruction of justice and destruction of a traffic
citation. Both offenses are misdemeanors.
In May 2011, according to court documents,
Worden and another deputy district attorney were pulled over by San
Diego police for a traffic violation. Two tickets were issued to
Worden and her colleague for the former’s failure to wear a seat
belt. After the violation, Worden allegedly contacted a family friend
and sergeant with the Traffic Division of the San Diego Police
Department to have the ticket dismissed.
Worden then allegedly instructed her coworker to destroy her own
ticket, but she refused to do so. The matter was brought to court in
February 2013, where a jury found Worden guilty of the two
misdemeanors. Worden was sentenced to three years of criminal
probation and one day in jail, as well as being required to pay
$1,500 in fines and serve 200 hours of community service. Worden
resigned from her position following the ruling.
Worden appealed the ruling in 2013, but was unsuccessful and the
ruling was made final. In February 2016, the Review Department of the
State Bar Court requested a hearing be held for the attorney. The
aggravating factor against Worden involved the harm her misconduct
had caused the integrity of the legal system because of her position.
However, several mitigating factors were also taken into account.
Worden was able to produce 25 individuals to testify to her good
character. In addition, Worden has participated in extensive
community service since 2001. Worden was also able to save the State
Bar time and resources by entering into the stipulation prior to a
hearing. The attorney has no prior record of discipline in her
The official ruling places Worden on a one-year stayed suspension,
of which 60 days must actually be served. The attorney also will
serve one year of probation during which she will be required to
submit quarterly updates to the Office of Probation and report any
changes in her status within 10 days. In addition to the suspension,
Worden must take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility
Examination. Failure to pass the exam or to follow any other
conditions of her probation will result in another year of suspension
Worden will also be required to provide the Office of Probation
proof of attendance and passage for Ethics School, a requirement
unique to California disciplinary action.
Court documents for all State Bar Court of California cases can be
found online at calbar.ca.gov.