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San Francisco attorney faces disbarment by default for alleged probation violation following burglary conviction

By Karen Kidd | Feb 13, 2018


SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco attorney Charles Leroy Dupree IV faces disbarment following a State Bar of California recommendation after he allegedly violated conditions of his probation handed down over a 2013 burglar conviction.

Dupree was involuntarily enrolled as an inactive member of the state bar, effective three calendar days after the date of the seven-page decision and order of involuntary inactive enrollment issued Jan. 31 by the state bar court.

The state bar's decision is pending final action by the California Supreme Court, an appeal before the state bar's review department or expiration of time in which parties may request further review within the state bar court.

Dupree's recommended discipline was among the dispositions filed earlier this month by the state bar court's hearing department for January.  

Dupree was admitted to the bar in California on Dec. 27, 1991, according to his profile at the state bar website.

Dupree failed to participate in person or via counsel and state bar's decision and order for disbarment was entered by default. In such cases, in which an attorney fails to participate in a California State Bar disciplinary proceeding despite adequate notice and opportunity, the bar invokes Rule 5.85, which provides the procedure for the state bar to recommend an attorney’s disbarment.

In September 2013, Dupree pleaded no contest to charges of second degree commercial burglary, theft of property from a retail store and possession of burglary tools, according to the state bar's decision and order. His conviction involved theft of $368.52 in merchandise from Macy's and possession of wire cutters, which were used to remove sensors, according to the decision and order. Dupree received a suspended sentence and 18 months of probation and he was ordered him to stay away from Macy’s in San Francisco, according to the decision and order.

Dupree was placed on interim suspension in October 2014, according to information on his state bar profile.

In September 2015, the state Supreme Court handed down a one-year suspension, all but 60 days of which was stayed, and placed him on two years of probation, according to the decision and order.

In January 2017, Dupree's conviction was revoked and he was suspended for one year after he allegedly was found to have failed to fully comply with probation requirements, according to the decision and order.

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