Jacksonville attorney publicly reprimanded, placed on probation following DUI plea

By Karen Kidd | Dec 1, 2017

Jacksonville attorney Robert Charles Grady has been publicly reprimanded by publication and placed on two years' probation following an Sept. 22 Florida Supreme Court order after he pled guilty to DUI.

Jacksonville attorney Robert Charles Grady has been publicly reprimanded by publication and placed on two years' probation following an Sept. 22 Florida Supreme Court order after he pled guilty to DUI.

Grady also is required to sign a monitoring contract with the Florida State Bar's lawyers assistance program and pay $1,542 in costs, according to the state supreme court's two-page order. The Florida State Bar announced the discipline and the state court's order on Nov. 21. In Florida, court orders are not final until after time to file a rehearing motion expires.

Grady was admitted to the bar in Florida on Nov. 10, 1981, according to his profile at the state bar website. Grady has had no other discipline before the state bar for at least 10 years but currently is ineligible to practice law in Florida before his state bar fees are delinquent, according to his profile.

Grady was arrested in Broward County in 2014 and later entered the guilty plea to DUI and his driver's license was permanently revoked, according to the state bar's formal complaint filed with the court. In a separate but similar case, Grady was adjudicated guilty of DUI, resisting without violence, refusing a blood/breath testing and driving while his license suspended, according to the formal complaint. Grady also failed to timely notify the state bar of his conviction, according to the formal complain.

In his answer to the state bar's formal complaint, also filed with the court, Grady alleged the state bar was notified after his 2014 arrest and said he did later report the subsequent guilty verdict. Preparing for a 90-day jail term and time in residential rehab had been a factor in his failure to more timely report to the state bar, Grady said in his answer.

"As such, he was extremely busy putting his personal, professional and financial responsibilities including informing the bar of the outcome," Grady said in his third person response. "The bar had been continually apprised of the status of this matter since shortly after the 2014 arrest. The 30-day delay in notification, while not time compliant, was neither substantial nor prejudicial to the bar. Indeed, the bar did not commence its investigation until late June 2016."

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