BEFORE THE HEARING BOARD

OF THE

ILLINOIS ATTORNEY REGISTRATION

AND

DISCIPLINARY COMMISSION

In the Matter of:

JOSEPH EDWARD PECKO,

Attorney-Respondent,

No. 6181234.

Commission No. 2017PR00025

FILED --- March 30, 2017

 

COMPLAINT

Jerome Larkin, Administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, by his attorney, Meriel Coleman, pursuant to Supreme Court Rules 753(b) and Rule 761, complains of Respondent Joseph Edward Pecko, who was licensed to practice law in Illinois on November 5, 1981, and alleges that Respondent has engaged in the following conduct which subjects Respondent to discipline pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 770:

Criminal Conviction-DUI

1. On November 13, 2014, at about 6:13 p.m., Respondent was driving a car near the 6900 block of Joliet Road, Indian Head Park in the wrong direction of traffic, when he veered off the road and hit a fence. At the time, Respondent had in his possession an open bottle of vodka that was 2/3 empty.

2. After the local police arrived to the scene and spoke to Respondent, he refused to submit to testing for alcohol. Respondent was arrested and was charged with making an improper left turn, in violation of 625 ILCS 11-B01, driving under the influence of alcohol, in violation of 625 ILCS 11-501(a)(2), illegal transportation of alcohol, in violation of 625 ILCS 11-502(a) and having a alcohol concentration greater than .08. The matter was docketed as People v. Joseph E. Pecko in the Circuit Court of Cook County, and assigned case numbers YB131914, YB131915, YB131916, and YB132-347, representing the four counts with which Respondent was charged.

3. On December 2, 2015, Respondent pled not guilty to all charges, waived his right to a jury and proceeded to a bench trial. The court found Respondent guilty on charges of making an improper left turn, in violation of 625 ILCS 11-B01, driving under the influence of alcohol, in violation of 625 ILCS 11-501(a)(2), and illegal transportation of alcohol, in violation of 625 ILCS 11-502(a).

4. On January 12, 2016, Respondent was sentenced to two years conditional discharge, four months supervision, and 300 hours of community service. On March 11, 2016, Respondent's sentence was modified, striking the requirement that he perform 300 hours of community service and sentencing Respondent to five days in the Department of Corrections.

5. As a result of the conduct described above, Respondent has engaged in the following misconduct:

a. committing a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness or fitness as a lawyer in other respects by driving under the influence of alcohol, driving with an open container of alcohol, and making an improper left turn, in violation of Rule 8.4(b) of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct (2010).

WHEREFORE, the Administrator requests that this matter be assigned to a panel of the Hearing Board, that a hearing be held, and that the panel make findings of fact, conclusions of fact and law, and a recommendation for such discipline as is warranted.

Meriel Coleman
Counsel for Administrator
One Prudential Plaza
130 East Randolph Drive, #1500
Chicago, Illinois 60601
Telephone: (312) 565-2600
Facsimile: (312) 565-2320

Respectfully submitted,

Jerome Larkin, Administrator
Attorney Registration and
Disciplinary Commission

By:  Meriel Coleman