NEW: Local Defense Attorney Arrested Anew
Lawyer Has Been Suspended By Bar Four Previous Times
HARRISONBURG — A lawyer who previously faced a prescription drug charge was arrested anew on Friday during a traffic stop.
Harrisonburg Police charged Walter Green IV, 61, of Harrisonburg, was charged with felony possession of oxycodone, felony possession of Percocet and misdemeanor possession of lorazepam. He was released from the Rockingham County Jail on a $1,000 unsecured bond.
“I’ve been sick over a period of time,” Green told a magistrate judge, according to court documents. He also told the judge that the pills were prescribed, however all of the pills were found in the same bottle, court records show.
A criminal defense lawyer, Green is due to make his first court appearance in Rockingham County General District Court on May 5. Court records did not list an attorney for Green.
In September 2007, a Rockingham County grand jury indicted Green on one felony count of obtaining a prescription drug by false pretenses, accusing him of altering a prescription in 2006 to obtain Percocet, a narcotic pain reliever.
Prosecutors alleged that Green was "doctor shopping," or seeking medical care from two doctors for the same medical condition and receiving prescriptions from each. Prosecutors alleged that Greene altered a prescription's quantity amount from 18 to 48 pills.
A Broadway pharmacist tipped off one of the doctors, informing him of a "suspicious" prescription, according to court documents. That tip led to the police investigation..
A state Department of Forensic Science analysis showed that the document was altered with a different type of ink.
In April 2008, a mistrial was declared after a jury failed to reach a verdict. Prosecutors decided not to retry Green.
While he avoided conviction on the drug charge, the Virginia State Bar has suspended his license four times.
The last time was in 2009, when the bar disciplined him for practicing law on a suspended licence. That action forced Green to stop practicing law for seven months immediately after he finished an 18-month suspension.
The bar also previously issued a public admonition against Green for advertising his services on his website after his license to practice law was suspended in 2006.
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