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Hillsborough County Judge Accused of DUI

Reports share that a Hillsborough County Circuit Court judge landed herself behind bars one night after being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol. Reports share that these and a close friend had gone out on the town for drinks that Friday night, bar hoping between a numbers of locations. Around 11 p.m. they decided to get in the car and call it a night, with the judge behind the wheel of her car. According to Tampa police reports, just as the driver was pulling out of the parking garage where they had left their car for their evening, he witnessed her swerving between lanes.

The Tampa officer then pulled the vehicle over and asked that she compete a field sobriety test. He then claims that the 53 year old judge demonstrated signs of intoxication due to bloodshot eyes and slurred speech. The officer then arrested her on a misdemeanor charge and she was taken into the Hillsborough County jail. Here they conducted a test where they learned that her blood alcohol content level was well over the legal limit and 0.171 and the second test showed 0.161 percent.

The following morning she was released from the jail on a $500 bail, and explains that she recognizes her actions were unprofessional and dangerous and that it shed bad light on the judiciary. She shares that she hopes this incident will not affect her position as a judge of the court, because drinking or addiction has never been an issue she does not believe she will have to go before the judiciary review.

As you can see, people of all professions can make a simple mistake. And in the event that you have been arrested for a DUI, hiring a trusted Tampa DUI lawyer at Thomas & Paulk, P.A. is your next step to fighting for your freedom and to protect your rights. To learn more about our firm, please contact us today!

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