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WILKES-BARRE — Suspended Kingston attorney Anthony J. Moses has pleaded guilty to driving under the influence in connection with a car crash in Plymouth last summer.

Moses, 34, entered the plea Friday morning before Luzerne County Judge Michael T. Vough.

Police said Moses had Xanax and methadone in his system when he crashed his car while driving the wrong way on a one-way street on Aug. 23.

A police affidavit said no narcotics were found in the car, but blood tests conducted later at Wilkes-Barre General Hospital revealed two controlled substances in Moses’ system: Xanax, a brand-name version of Alprazolam, which commonly is used to treat anxiety disorders; and Dolophine, a brand-name prescription opioid drug, containing methadone, which is used to treat narcotics addiction as well as being used as a pain reliever.

Friday’s plea covers two first-offense DUI counts. Additional charges of damaging an unattended vehicle, driving the wrong way and unauthorized use of a license plate were withdrawn as part of the agreement.

Moses faces a 12-month license suspension and must make $509 in restitution to Plymouth police. He may apply for admission to the county’s intermediate punishment program, court documents state.

Efforts to reach Moses were unsuccessful later Friday.

“I made a mistake. I’m owning up to the mistake,” Moses told the Times Leader in a November interview about the incident. “It’s inexcusable. I take full responsibility for what happened.”

Sentencing is set for 9 a.m. July 11.

The DUI plea is only one of several battles Moses has faced in recent months, including twice having his law license suspended by the state Supreme Court.

In October, Moses’ license was temporarily suspended for failure to pay a $130 annual registration fee, which he called an oversight in an interview.

The Supreme Court issued another temporary suspension on March 21, set to take effect 30 days from that date. Court documents do not indicate why, making reference to the order falling under state disciplinary rules regarding confidentiality.

A court letter to Moses indicated the suspension will remain in place “until further definitive action.”

The court’s Disciplinary Board website on Friday indicated that Moses remained under “emergency temporary suspension.”

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