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Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Ind. Courts - "Newburgh attorney pleads guilty to impersonating public servant"

Mark Wilson of the Evansville Courier & Journal reports today [ILB emphasis]:

PRINCETON, Ind. - A Newburgh attorney who has pleaded guilty to impersonating a public servant could have the charge dismissed if he successfully completes probation.

Brian J. Oberst, 39, was accused of showing a Vanderburgh County Prosecutor’s Office badge to a deputy and claiming to still be with the office during a January traffic stop in Gibson County. He was charged with the crime as a level 6 felony.

Oberst maintains a law practice in Evansville. He has not worked as a prosecuting attorney since 2009.

He appeared in Gibson Circuit Court on May 15 and pleaded guilty to the charge as a class A misdemeanor as part of a plea agreement.

Judge Jeffrey Meade accepted the plea and ordered Oberst to participate in six months of probation in the county’s first-time offender program. The program allows first-time offenders a chance to have their cases dismissed if they successfully complete probation requirements. If Oberst successfully completes probation, no conviction would be entered.

“According to my understanding, the (Indiana Supreme Court) Disciplinary Commission does not take formal action against an attorney if a criminal charge is not recorded,” said attorney Douglas Walton, who represents Oberst. * * *

A second felony charge of impersonating a public servant is still pending in Warrick County for what officials say was a similar incident there two weeks after Oberst’s Gibson County traffic stop. He is next scheduled to appear in court there at 9 a.m. June 15.

Posted by Marcia Oddi on May 20, 2015 04:44 PM
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