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Former Hope Attorney Pleads Guilty to Reduced Criminal Charges

William “Billy” Moritz plead guilty to 5 counts of Misdemeanor Theft of Property as a plea deal between Moritz and Eighth North Prosecuting Attorney Christi McQueen.

William “Billy” Moritz
Source: Hempstead County Sheriff’s Office
Christi McQueen, Prosecuting Attorney
Source: Facebook Christi McQueen for Prosecuting Attorney

Moritz was originally charged with four Class D Felonies of Theft of Property (over $1,000) which each carried a maximum prison sentence of six years and two Class A Misdemeanors of Theft of Property (less than $1,000) which each carried a maximum jail sentence of one year.

However, exactly 17 months after the cases started, Moritz plead guilty to reduced charges of 5 misdemeanors with six months probation, ordered restitution, a fine, and court costs. The sixth charge, 29CR-18-150 was “nol prossed” meaning that the case was dismissed at the request of the prosecutor, but could be refiled.

All of the charges stem from Moritz continuing to take legal fees from prospective clients despite him being suspended from the practice of law by the Arkansas Supreme Court.
Read his suspensions here.

You can read below summaries of each criminal case which was filed.

29CR-18-148 (Read full case here)
According to the Affidavit for Warrant of Arrest, Moritz was suspended from practicing law on April 25, 2017. Despite that, he sought legal representation from Jewell Poindexter in August 2017 who paid Moritz $1,015.00 for legal representation. Moritz never performed any work and stopped replying to Poindexter’s requests for information.

Charged: Theft of Property Class D Felony ($1,000 or more but less than $5,000.)

29CR-18-149 (Read full case here)
According to the Affidavit for Warrant of Arrest, in the Summer of 2017 while Moritz was suspended from practicing law, Michael Hurt sought legal representation from Moritz and paid him $1,050.00. Moritz never performed any work and stopped replying to Hurt’s requests for information.

Charged: Theft of Property Class D Felony ($1,000 or more but less than $5,000.)

29CR-18-150 (Read full case here)
According to the Affidavit for Warrant of Arrest, in August of 2017, Yuredia Salvador sought legal representation from Moritz and paid him $2,000. Moritz never performed any work and stopped replying to Salvador’s requests for information. Salvador lost her case due to Moritz not showing up to court.

Charged: Theft of Property Class D Felony ($1,000 or more but less than $5,000.)

29CR-18-346 (Read full case here)
According to the Affidavit for Warrant of Arrest, in January of 2018, Stephen Swender sought legal representation from Moritz and paid him $750. Moritz never performed any work and stopped replying to Swender’s requests for information.

Charged: Theft of Property Class A Misdemeanor (less than $1,000.)

29CR-18-347 (Read full case here)
According to the Affidavit for Warrant of Arrest, in November of 2017, Nicholas Crapps sought legal representation from Moritz and paid him $1,500. Moritz never performed any work and stopped replying to Crapps’s requests for information.

Charged: Theft of Property Class D Felony ($1,000 or more but less than $5,000.)

29CR-18-348 (Read full case here)
According to the Affidavit for Warrant of Arrest, in December of 2017, Enedina Velazquez sought legal representation from Moritz and paid him $550. Moritz never filed her case and stopped replying to Velazquez’s requests for information.

Charged: Theft of Property Class A Misdemeanor (less than $1,000.)

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