LOS ANGELES — The State Bar Court of California recently suspended William Andrai Acosta, a Glendora attorney, after he pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor criminal charges in Los Angeles County
According to the March 1 decision, Acosta was pulled over by authorities on Aug. 30, 2013 with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent or higher. He was charged with driving under the influence, a crime in which he was convicted of on Feb. 28, 2014. As part of the conviction, the attorney’s driver’s license was suspended, and it was ordered that any vehicle driven by Acosta after his suspension was lifted would need to have an ignition interlock device to monitor his sobriety.
Acosta was pulled over again on Aug. 25, 2015 for speeding. Upon requesting the attorney’s license and registration, Acosta informed the officer that his license was suspended. In addition, the vehicle he was operating did not have an ignition interlock device. Acosta was convicted of violating his probation in two misdemeanor counts on March 23, 2016. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail and probation by the criminal court.
The conviction was reported to the California State Bar, which gave Acosta time to appeal. When the attorney failed to appeal, disciplinary proceedings were initiated. Due to the nature of the two convictions and a previous domestic altercation the attorney had been charged with in 2012, the state bar determined a 120-day suspension was appropriate.
Acosta was admitted to the California State Bar in 2000 and is a graduate of the Western State University College of Law in Fullerton. He has one prior record of discipline, a 60-day suspension stemming from charges of misappropriating client funds.