Criminal Justice

Law grad who passed NY bar but wasn't admitted gets time for UPL-related felony

A law graduate who passed the New York bar exam last year but was not admitted to practice has been given time for two felony convictions, one of which was related to his unauthorized practice of law.

Terence Kindlon Jr., 43, was sentenced Monday in Manhattan Supreme Court to a one-and-a-half to three-year prison term, after pleading guilty in May to attempted grand larceny and offering a false instrument for filing, the New York Law Journal reports (sub. req.).

The attempted grand larceny charge relates to Kindlon’s attempted theft of a motorcycle. He was also accused of filing a notice of appearance and twice appearing in court on behalf of a defendant, despite not being admitted to practice.

“This is an incredibly intelligent person with great potential who is thwarted by mental health issues,” defense lawyer Stacey Richman told the New York Post.

Kindlon is the son of a prominent criminal defense attorney, Terence L. Kindlon of Kindlon Shanks & Associates. The senior Kindlon told the New York Law Journal that the family stands behind his son 100 percent and is “very grateful that as fine a lawyer as Stacey Richman has been able to represent him so successfully.”

See also: “Lawyer’s son is charged with unauthorized practice of law”

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