OKC attorney wanted for probation violation after positive alcohol test

John T. Hall, 66, expected to surrender to authorities in Creek County, where he received deferred sentence for DUI; Oklahoma County prosecutors alleged alcohol use by Hall in court
by Tim Willert Published: September 25, 2012
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A veteran Oklahoma City defense attorney who tested positive for alcohol use is wanted by authorities in Creek County for violating his probation in a 2011 case, court records show.

John Thomas Hall, 66, pleaded guilty in November to driving under the influence and three other misdemeanor charges and received a 2-year deferred sentence, records show.

Hall's blood alcohol content was 0.22, Creek County prosecutors said.

Hall was on probation when he tested positive for alcohol use in Oklahoma County on Sept. 12 after prosecutors there complained that he came to court with alcohol on his breath. His probation required that he not drink alcohol.

Hall took a breath test at the request of prosecutors and tested positive for alcohol use, according to results obtained by The Oklahoman. Hall's breath contained at least 0.02 percent alcohol, but the test did not measure an exact level.

District Judge Glenn M. Jones said there was “insufficient evidence” to find Hall was under the influence of alcohol.

Creek County Assistant District Attorney Mike Loeffler said Monday he filed paperwork to revoke Hall's probation after reading about the Oklahoma County incident.

A warrant for Hall's arrest was issued Sept. 18. He was expected to surrender to authorities Tuesday, Loeffler said.

“His lawyer is supposed to be surrendering him forthwith,” Loeffler said. “I assume the lawyer will make good on his word — he always does.”

Hall's attorney, Michael Arnett, could not be reached for comment. Attempts to reach Hall also were unsuccessful.

Hall faces up to a year in jail for violating the terms of his probation.


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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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