Valrico attorney publicly reprimanded following reckless driving guilty plea

By Karen Kidd | Sep 13, 2017

Valrico attorney Lisa N. Wysong has been publicly reprimanded by publication and placed on probation following a June 1 Florida Supreme Court order after she entered guilty pleas to misdemeanors, including a charge reduced from a second DUI offense.

Wysong was reprimanded by publication in the Southern Reporter, according to the state bar's Aug. 31 announcement of the Supreme Court's order. Wysong was placed on probation per a Florida Lawyers Assistance contract that is not to exceed five years, according to the announcement.

"Wysong had three adjudications of guilt for misdemeanor offenses," the state bar's announcement said. "She pleaded and was adjudicated guilty of reckless driving [reduced from a DUI second offense]. She also had a prior adjudication of guilt for leaving the scene of an accident with damage to a vehicle or other property."

The high court also ordered Wysong to pay the state bar's costs of $1,574.70.

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

Wysong was admitted to the bar in Florida on Oct. 15, 2001, according to her profile at the state bar website. Leigh has had no other discipline before the state bar for at least 10 years, according to her profile.

In March 2015, Wysong was arrested on cocaine and DUI charges after she ran a red light in Tampa and police allegedly found she was carrying a baggie of the drug. Wysong's baggie was not hers, according to the amended conditional guilty plea entered before the state Supreme Court handed down its order to reprimand her.

Less than 72 hours after her arrest, she completed a urine and hair follicle drug test, at her own expense, that came out negative for cocaine, amphetamines, opiates, PCP, or cannabinoids, according to the amended conditional guilty plea.

Charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and possession of cocaine were dropped. Wysong, on Aug. 18, 2015, plead guilty to reckless driving, which was a charged reduced from a charge of DUI second offence, a misdemeanor, according to the amended conditional guilty plea. The previous DUI offense had been in January 2010, according to the amended conditional guilty plea.

Wysong has since sought rehabilitation and has been undergoing mental health treatment, according to the amended conditional guilty plea.

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