Will the Disciplinary Commission get my money back for me or file criminal charges?

Published 03/12/2015 12:50 PM   |    Updated 12/06/2016 10:18 PM
Will the Disciplinary Commission get my money back for me or file criminal charges?
No. The purpose of a lawyer discipline case is to protect the interests of the public-at-large. It is not a substitute for bringing criminal charges or a civil action against a lawyer to collect damages or get money returned. If you believe that a lawyer has committed a crime, you should contact your county prosecutor in addition to filing a grievance. Be aware, however, that prosecutors have discretion over what cases to file. If you believe you are entitled to the return of fees paid or money damages, you should promptly seek advice of your own legal counsel.
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