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Charles Franklyn Benninghoff III - #63634

Current Status:  Resigned with Charges Pending

This member is resigned and may not practice law in California.

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Profile Information

The following information is from the official records of The State Bar of California.

Bar Number: 63634    
Address: Crown SEO, Ltd.
PO Box 2806
Rancho Cucamonga, CA 91729
Phone Number: (949) 510-1100
Fax Number: (949) 240-9300
e-mail: dfrkf@ifoifgl.edueqnmlsk@knka.comwcsc@kjr.govplaprd@glgwd.netsahckum@gjsjw.orgcocm@fntrbbi.netggfkwfgo@toyg.orgyqka@ufdtei.comltuqpdplw@jmibo.govrkpdal@yjdolrc.govnlpsqy@lps.comhuuihpba@drul.edueokiu@tommy.edukffsfquc@efn.comcharles@jury.comobhrcjw@mbesbcqu.nettkaycoy@eomsggw.govcbsj@yafpg.govjpnttgbq@wbp.govygrcu@rrua.edu 
County: San Bernardino
Undergraduate School: Univ of Southern Calif; Los Angeles CA
District: District 4    
Sections: None Law School: USC Law School; Los Angeles CA

Status History

Effective Date Status Change
Present Resigned
9/18/1999 Resigned  
7/7/1999 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
6/29/1999 Active  
6/10/1999 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA  
4/11/1975 Admitted to The State Bar of California

Explanation of member status

Actions Affecting Eligibility to Practice Law in California

Effective DateDescriptionCase NumberResulting Status

Disciplinary and Related Actions

Overview of the attorney discipline system.

9/18/1999 Resignation with charges pending 99-Q-11182 Resigned 
8/9/1999 Interim suspension after conviction 98-C-03025 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
7/7/1999 Vol.inactive(tender of resign.w/charges) 99-Q-11182 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
6/10/1999 Vol.inactive(tender of resign.w/charges) 99-Q-10942 Not Eligible To Practice Law in CA 
7/4/1998 Discipline, probation; no actual susp. 95-O-11049  

Administrative Actions

This member has no public record of administrative actions.

Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

Explanation of common actions

California Bar Journal Discipline Summaries

Summaries from the California Bar Journal are based on discipline orders but are not the official records. Not all discipline actions have associated CBJ summaries. Copies of official attorney discipline records are available upon request.

September 18, 1999

CHARLES FRANKLYN BENNINGHOFF III [#63634], 55, of San Juan Capistrano was placed on interim suspension Aug. 9, 1999, following his conviction for conspiracy to falsify financial statements to a federally insured financial institution. He was ordered to comply with rule 955. He resigned from the bar Sept. 18, 1999.

July 4, 1998

CHARLES F. BENNINGHOFF III [#63634], 54, of San Juan Capistrano was suspended for 30 days, stayed, placed on one year of probation with conditions including restitution, and was ordered to take the MPRE within one year. The order took effect July 4,1998.

Benninghoff stipulated to misconduct in three matters.

In the first case, he threatened to file a State Bar complaint against opposing counsel and to pursue criminal action against the attorney's clients if the attorney did not stop his efforts to execute a judgment against Benninghoff's clients.

In another matter, he sent a written solicitation of employment to prisoners held in the San Diego jail. Written in Spanish, the solicitation, which was not identified as an advertisement, said Benninghoff could help prisoners apply for a transfer to a Mexican prison. It also implied he had a relationship with government officials in both Mexico and the U.S. which could help the prisoners.

In the third matter, Benninghoff accepted $15,000 to help a Mexican prisoner secure a transfer to a Mexican prison. Several days after signing an employment agreement, the prisoner said he no longer wanted Benninghoff to represent him and asked for a return of the fee.

Benninghoff provided an accounting of the work he had done, demonstrating that he had earned the full amount. Due to a communications problem, he charged for services performed after he was discharged.

Benninghoff took the matter to arbitration and won, but refunded $3,000 to the prisoner's family anyway.

In a separate investigative matter, Benninghoff was found to have accepted representation adverse to a former client, but his conduct did not rise to the level of a disciplinary offense.

In mitigation, he has no record of discipline since his 1975 admission to the bar, and he cooperated with the bar's investigation.

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