State Bar Court of California suspends Modesto attorney for not adhering to prior discipline order

By Olivia Olsen | Jun 16, 2017

LOS ANGELES — The State Bar Court of California recently suspended Robert Daniel Rodriguez, a Modesto attorney, after he failed to meet the conditions of a previous suspension.

According to the court’s November 16 decision, the attorney was suspended in July 2015 following a criminal conviction.

In 2009, Rodriguez allegedly struck his girlfriend with an open hand, knocking her to the ground. When a police officer arrived at the scene, he found Rodriguez’s girlfriend at their neighbor’s home with her face reddened, lips swollen and dried blood on her mouth.

The officer arrested Rodriguez, and the attorney was found guilty of inflicting corporal injury on March 1st, 2011.

The California State Bar Court suspended the attorney for 60 days with a three-year probation. As part of the suspension, Rodriguez had to pay court costs to the California State Bar, submit quarterly updates to the state bar’s Office of Probation and attend ethics school. In addition, the attorney was required to take and pass the Multistate Professional Responsibility Exam (MPRE).

On June 8 2016, Rodriguez requested an extension for the ethics school and MPRE requirement. The motion was granted, and the attorney was given until Sept. 16, 2016 to complete the MPRE.

However, he did not pass the MPRE before the extended deadline and an indefinite suspension was enacted until he provides the California State Bar with proof of completion.

Rodriguez is a graduate of the Lincoln Law School in Sacramento. He was admitted to the California State Bar in 2006 and had no prior record of discipline before 2015.

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