A Florida lawyer who had sex with her clients at a jail and used cocaine, crack, ecstasy and other drugs lost her law license, state bar officials said.
Daytona Beach public defender Linda Dawn Hadad, 43, was disbarred because she “engaged in a pattern of misconduct that included illegal drug use and sexual relationships with clients,” the Florida Bar announced in a statement Friday.
Hadad, who had been practicing in the state since 2002, had sex with two Volusia County Jail inmates so much that the warden cut down on her access to the attorney visitation area, according to court filings. She also had phone sex with inmates, the documents showed.
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Linda Hadad, 43, criminal defense attorney is sworn in Friday during her first apperance after being arrested and charged with fleeing and eluding police for traffic violation
Inmate Steven Sullivan. Hadad had inappropriate relations with him
Brandon Carson. Linda Hadad was also engaging in inapproprate conduct with him while he was an inmate
She admitted she took Xanax, Adderall, oxycodone and Lortabs with no prescription and also used cocaine, crack, ecstasy, marijuana, meth and acid, according to court documents cited by WFTV. Investigators said she rented cars for an inmate in exchange for drugs.
During one phone call to the jail, Hadad tried to contact a domestic violence victim on behalf of an inmate who had a no-contact order, the filings said. She also failed to show up or appeared late to her client’s court appearances and neglected at least five clients’ cases, according to the documents. Investigators said she even moved her law office without telling her clients.
Hadad had sex with two different inmates of the Volusia County jail so much that the warden restricted her access to the attorney visitation area, according to court filings.
Hadad was arrested in Volusia County five times since 2010 on charges such as driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and petty theft, inmate records show. A judge ordered her to complete 90 days of rehab after convicting her of driving with a suspended license and fleeing police in an August arrest.