Fort Wayne lawyer on probation, JLAP monitoring following OWI conviction

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A Fort Wayne criminal defense and DUI attorney has been placed on probation following a criminal OWI conviction.

Ryan E. Lackey of The Law Offices of Ryan E. Lackey  pleaded guilty in May 2021 to Class A misdemeanor operating a vehicle while intoxicated with a BAC of .15% or greater. He was sentenced to 365 days, with 355 days suspended and credit for time served, according to online court records.

On May 5, 2022, the Indiana Supreme Court imposed a 90-day suspension, effective immediately and all stayed subject to completion of at least two years of probation with monitoring by the Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program.

According to the Order Approving Statement of Circumstances and Conditional Agreement of Discipline, Lackey has a prior misdemeanor OWI conviction that was entered in May 2005 before he was admitted to the Indiana bar in 2010.

Lackey has engaged the assistance of JLAP and has been under a voluntary monitoring agreement since May 2020, according to the May 5 order.

The Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission and Lackey agreed that he violated Indiana Professional Conduct Rule 8.4(b), which prohibits committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on his trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer.

“Pursuant to the parties’ agreement, in the event Respondent violates his probation, the stayed suspension shall be actively served without automatic reinstatement,” according to the order, which was signed by Indiana Chief Justice Loretta Rush. The order does not list any specific probation terms.

Lackey was also ordered to pay $264.49 to the clerk of the Indiana Supreme Court, with $14.49 payable to the commission and $250 payable to the clerk.

The case, In the Matter of: Ryan E. Lackey, 22S-DI-113, is his only disciplinary action, according to the Indiana Roll of Attorneys.

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