Lawyer gets 15-month suspension after guns, drug found in car


A Wilmington attorney  has been suspended for a total  15 months from practicing law  after a traffic stop found him in possession of loaded guns and a prescription drug  while under the influence of alcohol.

Donald C. Vavala, III was pulled over in May  and later admitted to consuming beverages  at bars in the Trolley Square neighborhood in Wilmington  and north Wilmington areas.

Police found Vavala with weapons and the drug Adderall.

He did not have a prescription for the drug related to amphetamines. Adderall  is used to treat hyperactivity and attention deficit disorders.

Vavala was suspended in May and the latest order from the Delaware Supreme Court makes the suspension retroactive from the initial suspension in May of last year, meaning he could see his license returned later this year.

Vavala testified that he is  a target shooter and forgot to take ammunition out of the firearms.

He was convicted of misdemeanor charges. Testimony indicated that no signs of impairment were detected while working as an attorney for a Wilmington firm.



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