A Kansas City attorney who charged a soldier $3,500 an hour in a DUI case will no longer be able to practice law in Kansas.
The $13,250 fee that Carlos Romious tried to collect from a member of the Kansas Army National Guard -- in a McDonald's parking lot, at 11:30 p.m. -- was not the first instance of odd behavior. Romious once called a municipal court clerk in Shawnee a "fucking bitch" and an another occasion tussled with security guards at the federal courthouse in Kansas City, Kansas. In 2009, he asked a judge if he was pedophile and called him "your holiness."
Alas, Romious' courtroom charm tour is coming to an end. The Kansas Supreme Court has accepted a recommendation of disbarment from a disciplinary administrator.
The disbarment will put an end to lawyer-client transactions that feel like drug deals. Or that's how the DUI defendant would later describe his interaction with Romious when, in 2008, Psycho Lawyer presented a fee agreement with an hourly rate of $3,500. In addition to trying to gouge his client, Romious asked for a ride from an Independence McDonald's to downtown Kansas City, Missouri.
Romious had initially promised to have the DUI case dismissed for a flat rate of $3,500 before deciding to slide the scale in a more profitable direction. Romious' client said he didn't have the $13,250 and, later, asked for his $3,500 to be returned.
The disciplinary administrator determined that Romious "did nothing" to earn his fee besides enter an appearance, continue a hearing and file a possibly forged document. The soldier and his family were also upset about the way Romious dealt with the chain of command at the guard, which they believe contributed to the soldier receiving a general discharge.
Romious is apparently done fighting. He did not show up for his disciplinary hearing.
He was placed on interim suspension by the Missouri court system in 2008.