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Matter of Caola

Decided: September 6, 1989.

IN THE MATTER OF VICTOR J. CAOLA, AN ATTORNEY AT LAW

ORDER

This matter having been submitted to the Court on the report of the Disciplinary Review Board recommending that VICTOR J. CAOLA of BRICK TOWNSHIP, who was admitted to the bar of this State in 1980, be publicly reprimanded for sending out to a prospective client a solicitation letter containing misrepresentations of respondent's background and experience as a criminal defense attorney, in violation of RPC 7.1(a)(1); and good cause appearing;

It is ORDERED that the findings of the Disciplinary Review Board are hereby adopted and VICTOR J. CAOLA is publicly reprimanded; and it is further

Ordered that the Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board, together with this order and the full record of the matter, be added as a permanent part of the file

of said VICTOR J. CAOLA, as an attorney-at-law of the State of New Jersey; and it is further

Ordered that VICTOR J. CAOLA reimburse the Ethics Financial Committee for appropriate administrative costs sustained by the Committee on Attorney Advertising and the Disciplinary Review Board.

APPENDIX

Decision and Recommendation of the Disciplinary Review Board

To the Honorable Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme Court of New Jersey:

This matter is before the Board based upon a presentment filed by the Committee on Attorney Advertising (hereinafter CAA) pursuant to R. 1:19A-4 (e). The facts as found by the CAA are as follows:

On or about August 28, 1987, Respondent drafted and caused to be sent to a police detective (hereinafter referred to as recipient) residing in Oakhurst, New Jersey, a solicitation letter offering respondent's legal services. At the time this letter was drafted and sent, respondent was aware that recipient was under criminal indictment. In fact, respondent made specific reference to the indictment in the letter and offered his services as a criminal defense attorney.

In the body of the solicitation letter, respondent made the following statements regarding his background and experience:

This firm has defended indictments in all the major drug cases in the last nine years, as well as representing the Bricktown Fire Department in their [sic] recent arson indictments. We have also defended the Bricktown ...


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