FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 5, 2018
Contact: Alberto Rodriguez
Attorney Nicole M. Abarca Suspended for Six Months and One Day
July 5, 2018 – PHOENIX – Attorney Nicole Marie Abarca of Phoenix has been suspended for six months and one day after failing to comply with State Bar diversion program and subsequent investigation.
Abarca was ordered by the Attorney Discipline Probable Cause Committee to participate in a diversion program after being convicted of a misdemeanor DUI. She failed to comply with the program requirements and failed to maintain communication with the State Bar’s compliance monitor.
The Bar's attempts to contact Abarca during the investigation were unsuccessful as her telephone number was out of service, emails were returned as undeliverable, and a screening letter sent via U.S. Postal Service were returned as undeliverable. Abarca did not respond to additional letters sent to three potential mailing addresses that were identified by State Bar investigators.
Abarca appeared telephonically at her July 3 hearing and acknowledged her failure to adhere to the terms of the diversion order. She testified that she will need at least a six month and one day suspension before she's ready to be reinstated; however, she candidly acknowledged it may take longer.
Nicole Marie Abarca's six month and one day suspension was effective on July 3, 2018. She must also pay for the costs and expenses incurred by the State Bar of Arizona.
Consumers may report attorney misconduct by calling the State Bar of Arizona Attorney/Consumer Assistance Program (A/CAP) hotline at 602.340.7280.
About the State Bar
The State Bar of Arizona is a non-profit organization that operates under the supervision of the Arizona Supreme Court. The Bar includes approximately 24,500 attorneys and provides education and development programs for the legal profession and the public. Since 1933 the Bar and its members have been committed to serving the public by making sure the voices of all people in Arizona are heard in our justice system.
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