Arkansas governor's son receives stayed suspension, probation after felony guilty plea in Alabama

By Karen Kidd | Dec 19, 2018

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (St. Louis Record) — Arkansas attorney William Asa Hutchinson III, son of the governor of that state, has received a stayed indefinite suspension following a Dec. 18 Missouri Supreme Court order over his guilty plea to a felony in Alabama.

The state Supreme Court placed Hutchinson on two years' conditional probation and ordered him to pay all costs in the disciplinary matter.

The high court handed down the stayed suspension and probation "as a result of pleading guilty to a felony in Baldwin County Alabama Circuit Court case number 05-CC-2016-1285.00," the order said.

Hutchinson is the son of Arkansas Gov. William Asa Hutchinson II.

Hutchinson III was admitted to the bar in Missouri on Dec. 17, 2007, according to his profile at The Missouri Bar's website. Hutchinson III has represented himself during his disciplinary proceedings, according to online court records.

Hutchinson III has been arrested multiple times on drug and DWI charges since 2016. He was arrested in May 2016 during the Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, by Baldwin County sheriff's officers and charged with possession of a controlled substance, according to a local news report.

Hutchinson previously had been arrested on DWI charges three times in Arkansas, one of those times after he allegedly crashed into an Interstate Highway 49 exit ramp. The two calls he placed to 911 following the crash were later posted to YouTube.

In December 2016 Hutchinson III was found guilty in Arkansas' Fayetteville District Court on charges driving while intoxicated, careless and prohibited driving and refusal to submit to chemical testing.

This past May, Hutchinson III was again arrested on a DWI charge, in West Fork, Arkansas. Hutchinson III was released from the Washington County Detention Center after he posted a bond of about $1,626. Hutchinson later pleaded not guilty to that charge.

Also in June, the Washington County prosecutor's office released video of that DWI arrest, which also later was posted to YouTube.

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