On November 21, 2011, Dujuan E. Brown pled guilty in a Virginia court to charges that he drove under the influence of alcohol and failed to stop after being involved in an accident. The underlying offenses took place on August 2, 2011, in Alexandria, Virginia. The DWI charge was his third such offense within ten years. As a result, the conviction constituted a felony violation pursuant to Va. Code § 18.2-266 and Va. Code § 18.2-270. The Virginia court sentenced Mr. Brown to consecutive sentences of: (1) five years for DWI; (2) one year for hit-and-run; and (3) one year for refusal. The majority of the sentence was stayed.
As a result of the convictions, the North Carolina State Bar suspended Mr. Brown from the practice of law in North Carolina for a period of three years. The terms of the order permitted Brown to apply for a stay after serving one year of the suspension and complying with various conditions of the order. The suspension was entered on February 11, 2013. After Brown completed the active suspension on February 11, 2014, he submitted a petition to stay the remaining two years.
According to the reinstatement order, Mr. Brown satisfied the requirements set out in Discipline Rule .0125(b), as well as the conditions of the February 2011 suspension order. Discipline Rule .0125(b) lists the requirements for reinstatement following a suspension. Based on Mr. Brown’s compliance, the Secretary entered an order of reinstatement on March 17, 2014. The continued effectiveness of Mr. Brown’s reinstatement is contingent, however, on further compliance with conditions specified in the February 2011 suspension. Among other conditions, Brown must: (1) abstain from alcohol during the period of the stay; (2) comply with specified monitoring and reporting requirements; and (3) receive treatment for substance abuse.
View the full reinstatement order below.