Oregon, Illinois, attorney has license suspended

Richard Folk
Richard Folk

Staff Report

Oregon, Illinois, attorney Richard Folk has had his license suspended for two years by the Supreme Court of Illinois after the attorney was found guilty of misdemeanor possession of marijuana.

Folk, whose office is at 302 Washington St., Oregon, Illinois, has had his license suspended for two years or until further order of the court, with the suspension stayed after 90 days by a two-year period of conditional probation. The attorney was first licensed in 2007.

A summary of Folk’s suspension from the Supreme Court of Illinois reads: “While in California, he purchased 7.25 pounds of marijuana. During his return trip to Illinois, he was stopped by a police officer in Nevada, falsely denied that he had any controlled substances in his car, and refused to allow a search of his vehicle. He was later found guilty of misdemeanor possession of marijuana, was sentenced to time served for the 19 days he spent in jail, forfeited his automobile, and paid a $250 fine.”

The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, an Illinois Supreme Court agency, investigates alleged wrongdoing by Illinois attorneys, holds hearings on specific charges, and recommends discipline, where warranted. The Supreme Court is, however, the only authority that can discipline lawyers. A complete list of attorneys sanctioned during the November term can be found by clicking here.

From the Nov. 19-25, 2014, issue

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