West Palm Beach attorney suspended after admitting to contempt

By Karen Kidd | Sep 7, 2017

West Palm Beach attorney Joshua Todd Hill Hauserman was suspended for 30 days following a June 29 Florida Supreme Court order after being found in contempt for failing to comply with requirements of a 2014 public reprimand that followed a DUI conviction.

Hauserman's suspension began 30 days after the state Supreme Court's order, which also placed him on two years' probation. The Florida State Bar announced the discipline and the state court's order Thursday, Aug. 31

Hauserman admitted to violating the terms of his Florida Lawyers Assistance contract, required following his public reprimand, after he tested positive for alcohol on five different occasions and failed to timely remit his monthly monitoring fee, according to the state bar's announcement.

The state high court's order also required Hauserman to pay the state bar’s costs of $1,460.34. Hauserman agreed to continue to participate in individual therapy, the frequency of which is to be determined by his therapist in conjunction with the Florida Lawyers Assistance program, according to a conditional guilty plea issued in May.

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

Hauserman was admitted to the bar in Florida on Sept. 21, 2007, according to his profile at the state bar website.

Hauserman's suspension stemmed from his November 2014 public reprimand that itself followed a DUI arrest in August the previous year, according to the conditional guilty plea entered prior to his public reprimand. The DUI charge against Hauserman was enhanced because of a 2011 conviction, according to the 2014 conditional guilty plea.

In January 2014, Hauserman pleaded guilty to the enhanced DUI charge and refusing to submit to chemical or physical test, according to the conditional guilty plea. He was sentenced to 9 months of house arrest, a year of probation, community service, DUI school, his driver's license was suspended for five years and he was required to pay fines and court costs, according to the conditional guilty plea.

The facts surrounding the DUI conviction amounted to a violation of state bar rules, which lead to his public reprimand, in addition to two years probation and to pay the state bar’s costs of $1,250, according to the conditional guilty plea.

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