Suspended Franklin attorney faces decade in prison following third OWI arrest

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A suspended Franklin attorney is facing more than a decade in prison after her third arrest for drunk driving.Julia Compton was arrested on December 29, 2016, in Johnson County and charged as a habitual vehicular substance offender.Johnson County prosecutors also filed three other criminal charges against Compton including operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a prior conviction, a felony, and operating a vehicle while intoxicated endangering a person.“We have every intention of arguing that she spend some time in prison,” said Johnson County deputy prosecutor Rob Seet.  “We have every intention of proving her guilty.”Mothers Against Drunk Driving is also pushing for Compton to receive a prison sentence.”Based on her history and her convictions of drinking and driving, I am concerned she’s going to hurt herself or somebody else, and I want to keep this community safe,” said Lael Hill, Indiana spokesperson for Mothers Against Drunk Driving. Call 6 Investigates was unable to get video of Compton’s December 2016 arrest because the case is still pending.However, Call 6 Investigates did obtain video of her March 29, 2012 arrest in Fortville.Police pulled over Compton after officers saw her driving on the shoulder.After failing her field sobriety and breath tests, police removed alcohol bottles from her car and struggled to get the handcuffs on her.When they took her back to the Fortville police station, Compton told them she was an attorney.At the time of her arrest, Compton was a licensed attorney in Franklin.“I’m an attorney, please don’t do this,” Compton told the officer. “I will do whatever you want me to do.”A chemical test showed Compton’s blood alcohol at .23, nearly three times the legal limit.“I’m a f****** lawyer, alright?”  said Compton. “I will call the judge, ok?”Just a few months after the March 2012 arrest in Hancock County, Compton was arrested again in June 2012 for drunk driving in Johnson County.Johnson County prosecutors filed seven criminal charges against Compton including OWI with prior OWI within 5 years, OWI with a BAC of .15% or more, driving while suspended with a prior, and resisting law enforcement.Compton’s actions caught the attention of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, the agency that investigates allegations of attorney misconduct.In 2013, the Indiana Supreme Court suspended Compton’s law license for six months, citing multiple alcohol related arrests within three and a half months.She also had to serve two years of probation with monitoring from JLAP, the judges and lawyers assistance program.In November 2013, Compton went to work at Marion County’s juvenile court as Best Practices Director where she handled court cases involving abused and neglected children.She resigned in October 2016, and in December 2016, Compton was arrested a third time in Johnson County for drunk driving.She’s facing more than a decade in prison if convicted.It wasn’t until after Call 6 Investigates started asking questions about Compton’s case that her driver’s license was suspended in court on May 30, five months after her third drunk driving arrest.Deputy prosecutor Rob Seet said Compton’s driver’s license suspension should have been automatic because Compton refused to take a test.It’s unclear exactly why the suspension did not happen immediately following Compton’s arrest.“I checked her license as I was kind of getting ready for trial, and I noticed that it was valid,” said Seet. “That’s a problem.”Seet said they moved to impose Compton’s license suspension on the day they noticed, which was on May 19, and the court chose to address the issue at the May 30 hearing.The BMV said they did not receive an order to suspend Compton’s license until June 1.MADD is concerned about Compton driving on the road with other Hoosiers.

Source: CALL 6: Suspended Franklin attorney faces decade in prison following third OWI arrest – TheIndyChannel.com Indianapolis, IN

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