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Lawyer for Schubert: 'He knows he made a mistake'

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Updated: 10/02/2012 7:16 am
LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) -- The chase for a former top prosecutor turned fugitive ended at the border between the United States and Mexico.

David Schubert is behind bars in San Diego after a failed attempt to dodge jail time for a 2011 drug conviction.

Louis Schneider, Schubert's lawyer, said he believes his client panicked, crumbling under the weight of a nine-month jail sentence. The Nevada Supreme Court recently suspended Schubert’s license to practice law.

Schneider said he believes Schubert thought it was all ending, and that's why he ran.

“And Dave told me himself he was coming back to turn himself in and that he had made a mistake,” Schneider said.

Schneider said he knows his client just made the job of defending him that much harder.

Schubert was supposed to turn himself in Sept. 21 to begin a nine-month jail sentence, but he never showed up. He'd been hiding in Tijuana, posting this picture to his Facebook last week.

“Running from the law is a short-term solution,” Schneider said.

Schubert now faces the potential of hard time. Also, his license to practice law is in jeopardy.

“Dave can be reinstated,” Schneider said. “He just have to do the right things, and running to Mexico was not the right thing, and Dave came to his senses.”

The former Clark County chief deputy district attorney was caught buying $40 of cocaine back in 2011: a relatively small case which got a lot of attention because of who Schubert was.

Schubert prosecuted the high profile drug cases of celebrities Bruno Mars and Paris Hilton.

But, as Schneider points out, he also made deals; both Mars and Hilton got their cases dismissed.

Despite his poor choice to run, there are grumblings within the legal community that he received a harsh and raw deal from Judge Carolyn Ellsworth.

Schubert's failure to surrender leaves Judge Ellsworth with some choices: She could hold him in contempt, give him more county jail time, or she can yank his probation and give him the underlying sentence: 16 to 40 months in a Nevada state prison.
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