Mary Frances Prevost
Mary Frances Prevost, who bills herself as "California's Top Criminal & DUI Attorney," has been recommended for disbarment by the State Bar's Office of Chief Trial Counsel. As of July 31, she is ineligible to practice law in the state.
The Bar intended to put her on trial for several misdeeds, such as failure to put client funds in a trust account, grossly negligent misappropriation, and engaging in unauthorized practice of law. She made some defensive moves, such as unsuccessfully trying to disqualify the judge. Then she failed to show up at the trial, and the Bar had had enough and recommended disbarment. She had previously been disciplined for misbehavior.
In a December 7, 2016 Reader article, alert commenters pointed out an incident that I had deliberately left out for her sake. When she was a graduate student in 1986, she had disguised herself as a messenger delivering flowers. When admitted to a home, she began stabbing the fiancee of her former boyfriend. She was charged with attempted murder and ordered to undergo psychiatric examination.
She has been a frequent interviewee on local television when reporters wanted an expert to explain details of legal procedure.