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Miami attorney suspended for third time in less than year

By Karen Kidd | Aug 23, 2017

Miami attorney Christopher Steven Jones has been suspended for three years following a June 2 Florida Supreme Court ruling after being found in contempt for failing to comply with the terms of a previous suspension order, according to a recent Florida State Bar report.  

Jones was still under suspension from a state supreme court order last year, which meant his most recent suspension was effective immediately, according to the state court's most recent order. His previous suspension stemmed from a plea he entered to a felony deadly weapon charge in May 2016.

Jones had been required to notify his clients, opposing counsel and tribunals of his 90-day suspension handed down in November, according to a July 31 state bar report of his discipline and the supreme court's order. Jones also had been required to provide the state bar within 30 days a sworn affidavit listing the names and addresses of all persons and entities that were furnished a copy of his suspension order, according to the report.

In Florida, court orders are not final until after time to file a rehearing motion expires.

Jones was admitted to the bar in Florida on Sept. 15, 2000, according to his profile at the state bar website.

Jones was suspended in a July 7, 2016 supreme court amended judgment following a notice of determination of guilt filed by the state bar the same day. The previous May, Jones entered a nolo contendere plea to one count of trespass to a structure and/or conveyance with a deadly weapon, a third degree felony, in the Circuit Court of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit for Miami-Dade County, according to his unconditional guilty plea and consent judgment. Adjudication of guilt was withheld and Jones was placed on two years' probation, according to his unconditional guilty plea.

His plea was filed the following September and on Nov. 17, 2016, based on an uncontested referee’s report, the state high court entered its order of suspension. The administrative order in the case was filed the following December.

Jones had no other discipline before the state bar for at least the prior 10 years, according to his profile.

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