Impersonating a lawyer is a crime. Nothing good comes of it, both for the unlicensed practitioner and the misled clients. Now’s a good time to discuss this topic as a recent spate of impersonation cases has seen individuals arrested and, in one particular case, hit with a hefty fine.
A disbarred Raleigh lawyer who kept on practicing was arrested in a Columbus County court last July for impersonating another lawyer. News Observer reported that Nicholas Andrew Stratas, 57, was detained for a short time at the Columbus County Detention Center after he was arrested on a charge of criminal contempt. Stratas was slapped with a $300,000 fine. He was released after posting a bond.