A Florida criminal defense lawyer has been stripped of her license to practice law after it was discovered that she had reportedly been having sex with her clients and abusing cocaine, crack, ecstasy, methamphetamine and other drugs, state bar officials announced on April 29.
Former assistant public defender Linda Dawn Hadad, 43, allegedly carried on sexual relationships with her clients at the Volusia County jail. She was having sex with the inmates so often that the warden had restricted her access to the attorney visitation area, according to the New York Daily News.
Hadad also engaged in sexually explicit phone conversations with her clients. Many of the conversations were recorded by the jail, the Daytona Beach News-Journal reports.
She confessed to using Xanax, Adderall and oxycodone without prescriptions, as well as cocaine, crack, ecstasy, marijuana, meth and acid. The drugs were procured by one of her clients, for whom Hadad would rent cars, according to the New York Daily News.
Hadad is reported to have shown up late to a number of her clients' court appearances. She also neglected to attend five clients' cases, at one point even changing law offices without notifying them.
She has been arrested five times since 2010. Charges include petty theft, driving under the influence and driving with a suspended license. Her most recent arrest occurred in August 2015, when she ran from Daytona Beach Police. The police had tried to stop her for an expired license plate and had to use a helicopter and stop sticks in order to catch her, according to the Daytona Beach News-Journal.
Hadad pleaded no contest to driving with a suspended or revoked license and to fleeing or attempting to elude police. She was found guilty on both counts and given five years of drug offender probation.
Judge J. David Walsh also ordered her to undergo a program at Palm Beach Behavioral Health in Palm Beach County. She is to stay there for 90 days, reports the Daytona Beach News-Journal.