Charleston attorney facing Ohio charges has law license suspended

By Chris Dickerson | Mar 15, 2007

CHARLESTON - A Charleston attorney facing third-degree felony charges in Ohio has had his law license suspended.

The Office of Disciplinary Counsel successfully petitioned the state Supreme Court last month to suspend the license of Todd Twyman of the Twyman Law Offices. The order was signed by Supreme Court Clerk Rory L. Perry II on Feb. 28.

Twyman, who is accused of failing to obey an Ohio sheriff's deputy's orders, also was ordered to be examined "by a qualified medical expert designated by the Office of Disciplinary Counsel." The order also says that all disciplinary matters against Twyman be held in abeyance and that Kanawha Chief Circuit Judge Charlie King appoint an attorney to serve as Twyman's trustee to protect the interest of his clients.

According to court documents, Twyman was arrested Oct. 14 in Wheelersburg.

"… the defendant did operate a motor vehicle, a 2005 Lexus registered in the defendant's name, so as to willfully elude or flee from a Scioto County Sheriff's Deputy after receiving visible and audible warning to stop his motor vehicle," a state court document says. "During the pursuit the defendant operated his vehicle in such a way as to cause a substantial risk of serious physical harm to persons."

The indictment against Twyman was filed on Oct. 27, charging him with failure to comply with order or signal of a police officer, which is a third-degree felony.

On Nov. 28, Twyman entered a plea of not guilty, and his bond was continued.

Twyman, a graduate of the West Virginia University College of Law, is a past chairman of the West Virginia Bar's Young Lawyers Section.

Twyman's trial in Scioto County is scheduled for April 9 before Judge William T. Marshall.

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