IN THE MATTER OF RAJSHAKTISINH D. JADEJA AN ATTORNEY AT LAW
Argued: March 15, 2018
Docket No. XIV-2015-0501E
Hillary K. Horton appeared on behalf of the Office of
M. McGovern, Jr. appeared on behalf of respondent.
A. Brodsky Chief Counsel
Honorable Chief Justice and Associate Justices of the Supreme
Court of New Jersey.
matter was before us on a motion for final discipline filed
by the Office of Attorney Ethics (OAE), pursuant to
R.11:20-13(c), following respondent's guilty plea in the
Supreme Court of New York, Nassau County, to second-degree
manslaughter, second-degree assault, driving under the
influence of alcohol, and driving while impaired by a
combination of alcohol and drugs.
requested that we impose a one- to two-year suspension.
Respondent urged us to impose a one-year suspension,
retroactive to June 7, 2017, the effective date of his
temporary suspension. We determine to impose a two-year,
was admitted to the New Jersey bar in 2006. Although he has
no prior, final discipline, on June 7, 2017, the Court
temporarily suspended him after he pleaded guilty to the
conduct underlying this matter. In re Jadeia, 229
N.J. 298 (2017) .
March 16, 2017, respondent pleaded guilty in the Supreme
Court of New York, County of Nassau, before the Honorable
Christopher Quinn, Acting Supreme Court Justice, to four
counts of a twelve-count indictment, as follows: (1) count
eight: manslaughter in the second degree, a violation of
Penal Law 125.15, subdivision one, as a class C felony; (2)
count nine: assault in the second degree, a violation of
Penal Law 120.05, subdivision four, as a class D violent
felony? (3) count one: operating a motor vehicle while under
the influence of alcohol, as an unclassified misdemeanor
under the Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL) 1192.2; and (4) count
four: operating a motor vehicle while impaired by the
combined use of alcohol and drugs, an unclassified
misdemeanor of VTL 1192.4(a).
September 15, 2015, after drinking in New York City, and
while under the influence of alcohol and Xanax, respondent
drove his automobile onto the Long Island Expressway. At Exit
46, while respondent was driving in the high occupancy
vehicle lane, his car collided with a vehicle driven by
twenty-one year old student George Ragotte, who had stopped
his car to avoid a collision with two vehicles that had just
been involved in an unrelated accident ahead of him. Ragotte
died from his injuries.
respondent's plea hearing, Justice Quinn elicited the
THE COURT: On or about September 19, 2015, were you present
in the County of Nassau, State of New York?
THE COURT: Were you operating a vehicle at that time?
[RESPONDENT]: Yes, I was.
THE COURT: Where was that and do you recall what town it was?
[RESPONDENT]: Exit 46, Plainview.
THE COURT: Was that on the Long Island Expressway?
[RESPONDENT]: 11 was.
THE COURT: During the operation of the vehicle, had you
consumed some alcoholic beverage?
THE COURT: Do you recall what you were drinking ...