Lawyer Admitted Himself Into Rehab Got Suspension Instead of Disbarment

In Florida Bar v. Hochman, 815 So. 2d 624 (Fla. 2002), the respondent admitted himself into a treatment facility for drug and alcohol addiction and voluntarily informed the Florida Bar and clients that he misappropriated funds. Hochman voluntarily took responsibility and meaningful action regarding his misconduct. Such actions on the part of an attorney are favorably considered by the Court in determining the appropriate discipline. Thus, Hochman received a three-year suspension instead of disbarment.