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03.03.2014 Order of Suspension [Burke County]

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Steven M. Cheuvront, an attorney in Morganton, North Carolina, was hired in October of 2012, to represent a client in connection with charges of expired registration, expired inspection, and improper passing.  In February of 2013, the client contacted Mr. Cheuvront to complain that the cases had not been handled.  The client had received a letter from the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) indicating that her driver’s license may be revoked for failure to appear.

Following the conversation with the client, Cheuvront obtained copies of the client’s citations and wrote “VD” on each one, indicating a voluntary dismissal.  Cheuvront then forged the initials of the Assistant District Attorney on each citation.  Finally, Cheuvront presented the citations to the clerk’s office.

The hearing panel concluded that Cheuvront engaged in unlawful criminal conduct in violation of N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-119 (forgery and counterfeit) and N.C. Gen. Stat. § 14-221.2 (altering court documents or entering unauthorized judgments).  Additionally, the panel found that Cheuvront committed a common law violation of obstruction of justice.

Cheuvront’s unlawful criminal conduct violated multiple provisions of Rule 8.4 of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct.  Based on its findings, the hearing panel entered an order suspending Mr. Cheuvront from the practice of law in North Carolina for two years.  The order allows Cheuvront to apply for a stay of the remaining time after serving one year of the suspension.

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Tripp Huffstetler, Senior Staff Writer
About Tripp Huffstetler, Senior Staff Writer (57 Articles)
Tripp Huffstetler served as the Senior Ethics Staff Writer for the Campbell Law Observer. He is originally from Cherryville, North Carolina. In 2011, Tripp graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a bachelor’s degree in Philosophy as well as Political Science. During his undergraduate studies, Tripp spent summers assisting at a practice in his hometown of Cherryville. During law school he interned with the Hon. Kris Bailey, District Court Judge; Judge Paige Phillips, Wake County Magistrate; the Hon. Paul C. Ridgeway, Superior Court Judge; and the Wake County District Attorney's Office. He also assisted a local attorney in drafting a guide to interlocutory appeals, which will be published by the North Carolina Bar Association. Tripp graduated from Campbell Law School in May 2014.
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