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Monday, March 13, 2017

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

Supplementing this May 20, 2015 ILB post, quoting a story from that date by Mike Wilson of the Evansville Courier & Press that ended [ILB emphasis]:

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.
Reporter Wilson writes today:
A Newburgh attorney who falsely claimed to be a deputy prosecutor to escape a speeding ticket has been convicted of a felony after a bench trial in Warrick County.

Warrick County Circuit Court Judge Greg Granger issued his ruling, convicting attorney Brian J. Oberst of the level 6 felony on Friday, according to court records.

The ruling came two weeks after Granger listened to arguments from both sides in a bench trial because Oberst opted not to be tried by jury. * * *

"This is the only criminal conviction Oberst has ever had," [attorney Douglas Walton, who represents Oberst] said.

An arrest in a similar incident involving Oberst in Gibson County did not result in a conviction. Instead, the charge was dismissed in May 2016 after Oberst successfully completed a year of probation.

With no criminal convictions on his record, Oberst has continued to practice law in good standing. * * *

The Warrick County incident happened two weeks after a similar incident when a Gibson County Sheriff’s deputy stopped Oberst for speeding on U.S. 41. Oberst reportedly also claimed to be a current deputy prosecutor in that case.

Oberst's record on the Indiana Roll of Attorneys indicates "active in good standing," and "no disciplinary history."

Posted by Marcia Oddi on March 13, 2017 01:07 PM
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