Attorney John W. Roebuck, Jr., illegally purchased hydrocodone from a former client who was acting as a confidential informant for law enforcement. On December 18, 2013, Roebuck pled guilty to a Class I felony stemming from the illegal purchase. Roebuck received a suspended jail sentence of three to thirteen months.
The Chair of the Disciplinary Hearing Commission may “enter an order suspending an attorney’s license upon receipt of a certified copy of a plea of guilty to a serious crime showing professional unfitness to practice law” (see Subchapter B, Rule .0115(d) of the administrative rules). Criminal offenses showing professional unfitness are defined in Subchapter B, Rule .0103(17) of the administrative rules. One such offense is the “commission of … any felony ….” Based on that authority, the Chair suspended Roebuck, pending the conclusion of the State Bar’s disciplinary proceedings.
View the full disciplinary order below.