An Orlando lawyer, formerly an assistant district attorney for Orange County, will begin his suspension on Saturday for having sex with a victim of domestic violence while handling her case.
The state Supreme Court has granted a 90-day suspension as a lawyer for Abraham Elmazahi, who joined the Florida bar in 2018.
According to Elmazahi’s guilty plea to consent judgment in this Florida bar ethics case, he committed a misdemeanor battery for domestic violence and violation of a restraining order for domestic violence involving John Neal. After the decision was made to charge Neal, but while the case was ongoing, Elmazahi met and began sex with the victim.
Neal allegedly again violated the restraining order and Elmazahi filed a complaint in this second case. He got fired for that.
An investigation by the Seminole County State Attorney’s Office found that Elmazahi’s decisions made during the case were “objectively supported” by the facts of the case. But his relationship with the victim was still “improper and created a conflict of interest and he should have informed his office and the opposing lawyer of the relationship and withdrawn from the case.”