A former Woodland Hills lawyer suspended by the California State Bar has been ordered to stand trial on charges of falsely representing himself as a licensed attorney and petty theft.
If convicted, Richard Charles Hepps could face a six-month jail term and a $1,000 fine on each count, San Fernando Municipal Court Judge Michael S. Luros said.
Hepps, 48, aroused the suspicion of Municipal Court Judge Charles L. Peven Feb. 18 after Hepps allegedly told the court that he was a licensed attorney representing a client in an arraignment. Peven recalled that Hepps was under a suspension and requested an investigation that led to Hepps' arrest.
The petty theft charge involves a $300 legal fee that Hepps allegedly obtained by representing himself as a licensed attorney.
The California Supreme Court and state bar suspended his license in 1982 after he was convicted in Los Angeles Superior Court of one count of conspiracy to sell cocaine. The Supreme Court also issued an order last Oct. 15 saying that he had failed to comply with a requirement that he pass the "professional responsibility examination," an ethics test for lawyers. The suspension is effective until Aug. 29, according to court documents.