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West Palm Beach attorney suspended for alleged probation violation after admitting to alcohol use


By Karen Kidd | Jul 29, 2019

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TALLAHASSEE (Florida Record) — West Palm Beach attorney Joshua Todd Hill Hauserman, suspended nearly two years ago on a contempt finding after a DUI conviction, has been suspended following a June 20 Florida Supreme Court order, according to a recent announcement by The Florida Bar.

"Hauserman violated the terms of his probation in a Bar disciplinary case," the state bar said in its July 26 announcement of the discipline and the court's order.

In its two-page order, the Supreme Court approved the uncontested referee's report filed in the matter before reprimanding Hauserman and ordered him to pay almost $1,593 in costs.

Hauserman's suspension was effective 30 days from the date of the court's order to allow him time to close out his practice and protect his existing clients' interests, according to the high court's order.

Florida court orders are not final until time to file a rehearing motion expires. Filing such a motion does not alter the effective date of Hauserman's suspension.

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

Hauserman was suspended 30 days following a June 2017 Supreme Court order after being found in contempt for failing to comply with requirements of a 2014 public reprimand that followed a DUI conviction.

The reprimand followed his guilty plea in January 2014 to an enhanced DUI charge and refusing to submit to chemical or physical test, according to the consent judgment at the time reached between Hauserman and the state bar. Hauserman was sentenced to nine months of house arrest, a year's probation, community service, DUI school, his driver's license was suspended for five years and he was required to pay fines and court costs.

In February 2018, Hauserman's probationary period was extended after he tested positive for alcohol use, a violation of his probation, according to the referee's report. In August 2018, Hauserman again tested positive for alcohol and the state bar filed a petition for contempt.

Hauserman subsequently admitted to having consumed alcoholic beverages, according to the referee's report.

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