LOS ANGELES — Jeremy Dennis Eveland, a lawyer practicing out of
West Jordan, Utah, was disbarred from practicing law in California in
the wake of his guilty plea for communications fraud.
The ruling was handed down Dec. 4, 2016, by order of the
California Supreme Court, according to the State Bar website.
According to court
documents, Eveland pleaded guilty in March 2015 and sentenced to
24 months probation by a Salt Lake County judge.
The State Bar Court of California reserves the right to disbar an
attorney in situations where the following criteria outlined in the
Business and Professions Code subsection 6102. If the offense
committed by the attorney is classified as a felony and also displays
moral turpitude, summary disbarment is within reason. Eveland’s
communications-fraud charge is filed under the Utah’s Penal
Code as a third-degree felony, and his actions fall within the
bounds of moral turpitude as he intended to “scheme or defraud”
Outlined in the California Penal
Code, communications fraud is described as “Any person who has
devised any scheme or artifice to defraud another or to obtain from
another money, property, or anything of value by means of false or
fraudulent pretenses, representations, promises, or material
omissions, and who communicates directly or indirectly with any
person by any means for the purpose of executing or concealing the
scheme or artifice is guilty … .”
The amount which was obtained through the fraudulent act must
Eveland was initially placed on an interim suspension in July 2016
to provide adequate time for the attorney to appeal his conviction
before an official discipline was handed down by the State Bar.
However, upon receiving the federal-court ruling from the 3rd
District Court of Salt Lake County, it was recommended by the Office
of the Chief Trial Counsel of the State Bar that the attorney be
disbarred. The State Bar Court of California determined that
Eveland’s actions showed great moral turpitude as he knowingly
engaged in the felony criminal activity. The attorney was not granted
Eveland will be required to comply with the California Rules of
9.20 subsections (a) and (c) in regards to his suspension. The
rules require Eveland to notify all of his clients of the ruling,
deliver any papers necessary to clients in regards to their cases,
return any fees that remain unearned, and alert opposing counsel in
any pending litigation of his disbarment. Eveland must then file the
clerk of the State Bar Court that he has complied with the provisions
of his disbarment.
Eveland was admitted to the State Bar of California in 2004,
according to his profile page
on the State Bar's website.
The State Bar of California was established
in 1927 by the state’s Legislature and is governed by 19 trustees.
The State Bar Court added appointed full-time judges in 1989. Court
documents for all State Bar Court of California cases can be found
online at calbar.ca.gov.