High court refers Nye County district attorney to disciplinary board


The Nevada Supreme Court has referred Nye County District Attorney Bob Beckett to a state bar disciplinary board following his conviction for reckless driving.

Beckett, 50, pleaded guilty to the misdemeanor in March in San Bernardino County Superior Court in California. The plea came nine months after Beckett crashed two vehicles in six hours on the same stretch of highway.

According to a Supreme Court order filed Jan. 8, Beckett reported his conviction to the State Bar of Nevada, which in turn reported it to the state’s high court.

Beckett’s conviction does not require temporary suspension, and the Supreme Court declined to suspend him pending the outcome of disciplinary proceedings.

“The crime is, however, one for which referral is within our discretion,” according to the order.

Beckett, who has been licensed to practice law in Nevada since 1988, totaled his county-issued sport utility vehicle in June 2008 in a single-vehicle rollover accident on California Route 127 just south of Shoshone.

After catching a ride back to his house in Pahrump in a tow truck, Beckett headed back out on the same highway in his family's van, only to crash again about 35 miles south of the first accident scene.

The California Highway Patrol officer who responded to the second crash reported smelling alcohol on Beckett’s breath.

Beckett faced a drunken-driving charge after he failed a breath test at the scene, but the charge was dropped as part of his plea agreement, which did not result in jail time.

“We conclude that under these circumstances, it is appropriate to refer this matter to a panel of the state bar disciplinary board for determination of the discipline, if any, to impose,” according to the Supreme Court order.

Beckett, who has been Nye County’s district attorney for 15 years, could not be reached for comment Wednesday on the Supreme Court order.

 

Contact reporter Carri Geer Thevenot at cgeer@reviewjournal.com or 702-384-8710.

 

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