On Thursday, December 7, 2023, the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission filed a complaint against Attorney Charles Gideon McGuire, alleging multiple counts of criminal conduct and professional misconduct.
The case is entitled “In the Matter of Charles Gideon McGuire,” with case no. 2023PR00075.
The charges cited Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 3.5(a), 3.5(b), 3.5(d) which states:
Seeking to influence a judge by means prohibited by law.
Communicating ex parte with a judge without authorization.
Engaging in conduct intended to disrupt a tribunal.
The Rules of Professional Conduct can be found here.
According to the complaint, McGuire has been charged with seven misdemeanor offenses involving domestic battery and violations of an order of protection against his wife between June and September 2023. The incidents include allegedly slamming his wife’s head into a refrigerator, spraying her with chemicals, striking her twice in the jaw, and contacting her in violation of a protection order.
McGuire also allegedly asked an acquaintance to contact his wife and threatened to come to her home on July 26, 2023. On August 21, 2023, he was accused of driving under the influence to his wife’s home in violation of a no-contact order. Additionally, the complaint states that on July 21, 2023, McGuire called a Williamson County judge on her personal phone while in jail and asked her to reduce his bond and secure his release.
On October 2, 2023, McGuire pled guilty to one count of domestic battery, and two counts of violating an order of protection, and received a sentence of 15 days in jail and 24 months of probation.
The ARDC alleges McGuire’s criminal conduct violated Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct regarding criminal acts that reflect poorly on an attorney’s honesty. They also claim his phone call to the judge constituted unauthorized ex parte communication and an attempt to improperly influence a jurist.
The complaint states:
“WHEREFORE, the Administrator requests that this matter be assigned to a panel of the Hearing Board, that a hearing be held, and the panel make findings of fact, conclusions of fact and law, and a recommendation for such discipline as is warranted.”
According to avvo.com, Mr. McGuire is a banking attorney in Carbondale, Illinois. He attended the Southern Illinois University School of Law. He acquired his law license in Illinois in 2012.
A copy of the original filing can be found here.