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Pasco lawyer suspended by Bar, pleads guilty to crimes

Joshua Stewart, 36

The Florida Bar suspended a New Port Richey lawyer after he pleaded guilty to criminal charges of grand theft, possession of a controlled substance, resisting an officer without violence and petty theft.

Joshua Stewart, 36, of 5435 Main St., was suspended until further order, effective Tuesday.

According to a plea form, he was sentenced to 24 months of probation and ordered to complete a rehabilitation program. He faced a maximum possible sentence of 12 years in prison.

He was previously suspended in 2011 for 91 days after he pleaded to possession of oxycodone, a felony and no valid drivers' license.

A judge sentenced Stewart to 18 months of drug offender probation. He was on probation with the Bar for three years.

At the time, Stewart was already on probation for habitually driving with a revoked or suspended license when New Port Richey police officers showed up in February 2010 to arrest him for violating it. A report said he struggled with them on his front lawn, elbowing one officer in the ear.