Local attorney’s license suspended
PRESCOTT – Attorney Michael P. Thieme, found guilty in October of criminal damage, DUI, and striking a highway fixture in March 2012, has had his license to practice law suspended this week, pending disciplinary proceedings by the State Bar of Arizona, according to a news release.
Thieme, 45, was arrested after deputies responded to a call of a rollover crash in the 3200 block of L Bar L Road, according to a probable cause statement. The deputy found the car upside-down next to an APS electrical service box that had been “totally destroyed.” A witness told the deputy that Thieme had been driving the car and left the scene and headed toward his house, and a fire rescue crew told the deputy that, based on the wreckage, the driver likely had a serious head injury.
Two deputies tried to get Thieme to come to the door of his home. When he didn’t, they went inside to get him, according to the statement, and Thieme became angry with the deputies, swearing at them, and “tried to twist away” from one deputy, who pinned him against a wall. His wife gave the deputies a half-empty bottle of alcohol and told them Thieme had been drinking, the statement said, but he refused tests.
After he was taken into custody, he was released without charges because the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office wanted to investigate further, according to a court document filed by the prosecution.
Thieme was charged in February 2013 and turned down an offer by the prosecution to convert all the charges to misdemeanors.
He accepted a plea agreement and, on Oct. 17, was sentenced to two years’ probation.
Thieme was found guilty of DUI, criminal damage, and hit and run after striking a highway fixture. As required by Court Rule, the State Bar Arizona filed a notice of felony and certified copy of conviction with the Arizona Supreme Court on Oct. 21, 2016.
“In an effort to prevent immediate and substantial harm to his clients and the public, Thieme was placed on an interim suspension while the Bar initiates formal disciplinary proceedings,” the Bar’s news release states, and he was ordered to notify current clients of his interim suspension.
In addition, he is barred from accepting any new cases.
Thieme’s interim suspension was effective Dec. 14, 2016.