By KAREN VELIE
Following multiple complaints of professional misconduct, the State Bar of California on Oct. 5 disbarred Paso Robles attorney and former San Luis Obispo County District 1 supervisor candidate Dale Gustin. For four years, Gustin has battled allegations of threatening opponents to gain an advantage in a law suit, failing to abide by court orders and multiple other issues of properly practicing the law.
Gustin was first licensed to practice law in 1977. In 1995, he was placed on disciplinary suspension, but not suspended. In 2003, the State Bar again reprimanded Gustin. In Nov. 2013, the State Bar filed notice of disciplinary action and on June 30, 2014 Gustin was temporarily disbarred.
In Sept. 2015, Gustin was suspended for two years for failing to provide his clients competent legal representation. However, the suspension was stayed and Gustin was placed on probation for three years.
On May 4, Gustin, then a candidate for the San Luis Obispo County District 1 supervisor seat, was arrested after he refused to leave the KPRL broadcasting station.
After allegedly declining an invitation to participate in a KPRL candidate forum, Gustin showed up at the station insisting that he be permitted to attend, several inside sources said.
Following a verbal scuffle, front desk staff told Gustin he could not attend the forum and he left, sources said. A few hours later, Gustin was back at the station insisting that he be permitted to participate. After Gustin was asked to leave, he allegedly became loud and aggressive.
KPRL staff then called the Paso Robles Police Department to process a citizen’s arrest for trespassing. Officers cited Gustin, removed him from the property and released him.
On May 18, 2016, Gustin license was suspended for two years for repeatedly violating court orders.