lawyer regulation people
assistance of counsel. The court
granted the petition. The client
then entered into a plea agreement
by which he was sentenced to
three years in prison with credit for
time already served.
Aggravating factors: prior disciplinary offenses; a pattern of misconduct; multiple offenses; refusal
to acknowledge the wrongful
nature of the conduct; vulnerability of the victim; and substantial
experience in the practice of law.
Mitigating factors: absence of a
dishonest or selfish motive and full
and free disclosure to a disciplinary
board or cooperative attitude
toward the proceedings.
In the agreement for discipline
by consent, Mr. Billar admitted
that he violated Rule 42,
ARIZ.R.S.CT., specifically ERs 1. 3,
1. 4 and 8. 4(d).
ifications of the court’s ruling on
the client’s planned defense. In
addition, Mr. Billar failed to
explain to the client the effect of a
conviction on his client’s separate
probation-violation case, including
that probation would be revoked,
the client would receive prison
time, the probation violation
would increase the presumptive
length of imprisonment in the
drug case, and the prison terms
would be served consecutively
rather than concurrently. The
client was convicted on the drug
and probation violation charges
and was sentenced to consecutive
prison terms of 9. 25 years and four
years. Following an unsuccessful
appeal, the client (through new
counsel) filed a post-conviction-relief petition alleging that Mr.
Billar had provided ineffective
PERCIVAL R. BRADLEY
Bar No. 017149; File No. 12-3242
PDJ No. 2013-9109
By order of the presiding disciplinary judge dated Dec. 10, 2013,
Percival R. Bradley, Phoenix, was
reinstated as an active State Bar
member effective the date of the
TIMOTHY L. COCCHIA
Bar No. 018286; File No. 13-9048
PDJ No. 2013-9048
By Arizona Supreme Court order
dated Jan. 7, 2014, Timothy L.
Cocchia, Phoenix, was reinstated
as an active State Bar member
effective the date of the order.
JEFFREY S. SIIRTOLA
Bar No. 011717; File No. 13-9060
PDJ No. 2013-9060
By order of the Supreme Court
dated Jan. 7, 2014, Jeffrey S.
Siirtola, Bisbee, was reinstated as
an active member of the State Bar
ROBERT C. BILLAR
Bar No. 006662; File No. 13-0497
PDJ No. 2013-9085
By judgment and order dated Dec.
20, 2013, the presiding disciplinary judge accepted an agreement
for discipline by consent pursuant
to which Robert C. Billar, Phoenix,
was reprimanded. He also was
assessed the costs and expenses of
the disciplinary proceeding.
Mr. Billar represented a client
in a drug-related criminal matter.
When the court granted the state’s
motion in limine, Mr. Billar failed
to counsel his client about the ram-
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