02.11.2014 Consent Order of Suspension [Macon County]

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On February 14, 2013, William R. Shilling was arrested and charged with misdemeanor child abuse and communicating threats.  The charges stemmed from an alleged domestic violence incident.  Three months later, Mr. Shilling pled guilty to both counts.  Following the guilty plea, Shilling received a 60-day suspended sentence.  The court also entered a Domestic Violence Protective Order  (DVPO).  In October of 2013, Shilling was found guilty of violating the DVPO.  He received a 75-day suspended sentence.  Additionally, in response to a grievance filed with the State Bar, Mr. Shilling made false statements about the events that precipitated his arrest and subsequent conviction.

The hearing panel concluded that Shilling’s criminal acts and false statements violated Rule 8.4 of the North Carolina Rules of Professional Conduct.  After weighing various disciplinary options, the panel suspended Shilling from the practice of law for two years.  Shilling may petition for a stay, however, after serving one year of the suspension.  Such petition may be granted if Shilling demonstrates compliance with various conditions listed in the disciplinary order.

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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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