Man Charged With Impersonating Lawyer During Jail Visit

A man who deputies say claimed to be an attorney wanting to visit an inmate found himself in trouble with the law.

Onslow County deputies say back on July 29th, Donald Reid, Jr. told detention officers that he was an attorney and asked to see a female inmate. While Reid was unable to produce any credentials, he told them he worked for a Raleigh law firm. An online search by officers found Reid was not employed by that law firm.

A few days later the 32-year-old man returned and tried to visit the inmate a second time. Upon questioning, deputies say Reid admitted he misrepresented himself as an attorney for the inmate. Deputies say the man was listed as an authorized visitor for the inmate as her spouse.

He was charged with unauthorized practice of law and released on a $1,000 unsecured bond. Reid is also banned from any future visits to the jail.

Reid has prior convictions from Carteret County for trespassing, possession of Schedule II controlled substances, misdemeanor B&E, assault of female and interfering with emergency communications.

He has a September 9th court date.

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