Attorney: Ralph James Wilson Jr.
Bar membership: Member since 2007
Disciplinary action: Publicly reprimanded on April 13.
Background: Wilson was charged with felony first-degree domestic violence on January 24, 2021 and subsequently placed on interim suspension. (In February 2022, the Supreme Court issued an order lifting that interim suspension.) On December 6, 2021 Wilson entered a plea of no contest to one count of third-degree simple assault. The facts supporting the plea indicate that Wilson willfully and unlawfully engaged in an argument with his wife which escalated to the point that it was reasonable for his wife to fear imminent harm. Wilson was sentenced to thirty days in jail, suspended upon payment of a $500 fine plus costs. The next day, Wilson paid all fines and costs, thereby successfully completing the court-ordered requirements of his sentence.
Previous discipline: Wilson was placed on interim suspension on Feb. 1, 2021 in connection with the same incident. He petitioned the Supreme Court to lift his interim suspension, and the Office of Disciplinary Counsel did not oppose that request. On Feb. 7, 2022 the court granted the petition and lifted the interim suspension. Wilson had no discipline prior to the suspension.
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