Monticello attorney found guilty of meth possession gets interim suspension

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The Indiana Supreme Court has handed down an interim suspension to a northwestern Indiana attorney following a guilty finding for possession of methamphetamine, a Level 6 felony. The suspension is effective immediately.

The attorney, Clinton Hardesty of Monticello, is already under suspensions for professional misconduct and continuing legal education noncompliance.

Hardesty was charged in May 2022 in White County with Level 6 felony possession of meth and other related controlled substance charges, according to online court records.

He pleaded guilty to the felony meth charge and was sentenced to 548 days, with 544 days suspended and credit for four days.

In Hamilton County, Hardesty is currently facing a Class A misdemeanor battery charge filed in January. That case is scheduled for a bench trial in June.

He has also faced suspensions for not cooperating with investigations into grievances filed against him.

The Indiana Roll of Attorneys shows this is the fifth concluded case against Hardesty, with no cases currently pending.

The Friday order says Hardesty is ordered to fulfill the continuing duties of a suspended attorney under Admission and Discipline Rule 23(26). The interim suspension will continue until further order from the court or final resolution of any resulting disciplinary action, provided no other suspension is in effect.

The case is In the Matter of: Clinton A. Hardesty, 23S-DI-56.

Hardesty was admitted to the Indiana bar in 2020.

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