Fargo lawyer disbarred for problems stemming from meth, crack use arrested
Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - A Fargo attorney who was disbarred in June has been arrested.
Authorities with the Cass County Drug Task Force performed a knock and announce search warrant for narcotics Friday at the residence of Rebecca Lawler, located in the 2200 Block of 9th Avenue South in Fargo. A search of the residence yielded methamphetamine, glass pipes with burnt residue and zip seal baggies with a white powder residue. A digital scale and several unused baggies were also turned up in the search. One of the zip seal baggies contained a small amount of methamphetamine and tested positive for meth using a NIK test.
Lawler was disbarred in early June. She was accused of neglecting her legal practice for periods between November 2010 and January 2013. Lawler left unfinished work during that time, and owed 22 clients nearly $20,000. She was also accused of misappropriating $8,500 in funds from her father's estate, to which she was the legal representative.
According to Lawler's disbarment order, she was using drugs daily during her heaviest use periods, and was using clients' funds to buy drugs. The order also stated that Lawler participated in outpatient treatment at Southeast Human Resources Center and had not used drugs since January 25th of 2013.
Lawler faces two charges, Possession of Methamphetamine and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (for use with a narcotic other than marijuana). Both are Class C Felonies.