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(a) For Professional Misconduct. An attorney who is found to have committed professional misconduct is subject to one or more of the following sanctions and remedies:

(1) disbarment by the Supreme Court;

(2) suspension, for a fixed period or indefinitely, by the Supreme Court;

(3) probation under terms and conditions as specified by the Supreme Court;

(4) reprimand by the Supreme Court or, with the attorney's consent, by the Commission;

(5) conditional diversion in accordance with a Conditional Diversion Agreement;

(6) dismissal of the complaint with or without a letter of cautionary advice or, with the attorney's consent, a letter of admonition; or

(7) placement on permanent retired status.

(b) For Incapacity. An attorney who is found to have an incapacity is subject to the following:

(1) transfer to disability inactive status, subject to further order of the Supreme Court;

(2) conditional diversion in accordance with a Conditional Diversion Agreement; or

(3) placement on permanent retired status.

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