Rule 14-603. Sanctions.

(a) Scope. A disciplinary sanction is imposed on a lawyer upon a finding or acknowledgement that the lawyer has engaged in professional misconduct.

(b) Disbarment. Disbarment terminates the individual's status as a lawyer. A lawyer who has been disbarred may be readmitted as provided in Rule 14-525.

(c) Suspension. Suspension is the removal of a lawyer from the practice of law for a specified minimum period of time. Generally, suspension should be imposed for a specific period of time equal to or greater than six months, but in no event should the time period prior to application for reinstatement be more than three years.

(c)(1) A lawyer who has been suspended for six months or less may be reinstated as set forth in Rule 14-524.

(c)(2) A lawyer who has been suspended for more than six months may be reinstated as set forth in Rule 14-525.

(d) Interim suspension. Interim suspension is the temporary suspension of a lawyer from the practice of law. Interim suspension may be imposed as set forth in Rules 14-518 and 14-519.

(e) Reprimand. Reprimand is public discipline which declares the conduct of the lawyer improper, but does not limit the lawyer's right to practice.

(f) Admonition. Admonition is nonpublic discipline which declares the conduct of the lawyer improper, but does not limit the lawyer's right to practice.

(g) Probation. Probation is a sanction that allows a lawyer to practice law under specified conditions. Probation can be public or nonpublic, can be imposed alone or in conjunction with other sanctions, and can be imposed as a condition of readmission or reinstatement.

(h) Resignation with discipline pending. Resignation with discipline pending is a form of public discipline which allows a respondent to resign from the practice of law while either an informal or formal complaint is pending against the respondent. Resignation with discipline pending may be imposed as set forth in Rule 14-521.

(i) Other sanctions and remedies. Other sanctions and remedies which may be imposed include:

(i)(1) restitution;

(i)(2) assessment of costs;

(i)(3) limitation upon practice;

(i)(4) appointment of a receiver;

(i)(5) a requirement that the lawyer take the Bar Examination or professional responsibility examination; and

(i)(6) a requirement that the lawyer attend continuing education courses.

(j) Reciprocal discipline. Reciprocal discipline is the imposition of a disciplinary sanction on a lawyer who has been disciplined in another court, another jurisdiction, or a regulatory body having disciplinary jurisdiction.