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Justin Gilbert Arel - #173625

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Bar Number: 173625    
Address: Presleigh & Arel
P O Box 2376
Redding, CA 96099-2376
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Phone Number: (530) 243-5600
Fax Number: (530) 243-8135
e-mail: qoafmrqit@kqb.comrtgdalaa@juf.comaiafqbuep@pliomda.orgiohcp@cog.orgctaguc@rnauku.netgehbmdiah@flsk.netegyhadih@fbjjbe.edueqiaico@jyamg.eduyenwp@rgsnfg.comlfqkur@bctbpdwh.neturotmlaqt@ahmtk.netnqpmarqp@cgn.edusgpsikg@uct.netmruqpu@yhqab.eduwpjpu@hjnqg.govkhwpluqii@tdfgl.orgadiqbjby@wlsyfb.netityoity@jfoeqmp.comjustinarel@sbcglobal.neticctu@pqbmlaqc.com 
County: Shasta
Undergraduate School: No Information Available;
District: District 3    
Sections: Trusts & Estates
Law School: Lincoln Law School; Sacramento CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Active
6/2/2009 Active  
4/3/2009 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
12/12/1994 Admitted to The State Bar of California

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Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

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Disciplinary and Related Actions

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4/3/2009 Discipline w/actual suspension 07-C-12861 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 

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4/3/2009 07-C-12861 Decision [PDF] [WORD]

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April 3, 2009

JUSTIN GILBERT AREL [#173625], 40, of Redding was suspended for one year, stayed, placed on two years of probation with an actual 60-day suspension and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect April 3, 2009.

Arel pleaded guilty to misdemeanor driving under the influence and causing bodily injury to another person with two enhancements — he had children in the car and he refused to submit to a sobriety test. The State Bar Court found that his conduct involved moral turpitude.

In 2007, Redding police were notified about an automobile accident in which a car had overturned. They were unable to find the occupants of the car, but found a purse belonging to Arel’s wife. When officers went to Arel’s home, he refused to answer the door, and due to safety concerns about his family, the police broke in.

Arel’s wife had gone to the hospital with a scalp laceration and his two young children were in the bedroom. Although Arel denied he had been driving, his five-year-old son told police that his father was the driver of the overturned car. Despite Arel’s claims that he had been home sleeping, police observed that he was under the influence of alcohol. He performed poorly on two sobriety tests and refused to take a third.

Arel was arrested and had a blood alcohol level of .12 percent.

He was charged with four felonies, including child abuse and causing injury while driving under the influence. He pleaded guilty to the lesser charges.

The court noted that in addition to the convictions, Arel repeatedly lied to police officers. “It is of particular concern that at a time when (his) wife was in the hospital and his two young children had yet to be examined for internal injuries, (Arel’s) sole focus was to convince the officers that he was not the driver,” wrote Judge Lucy Armendariz.

In mitigation, Arel has no prior discipline record, performs extensive community service and presented nine witnesses who testified to his good character.

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