Hillsborough judge pleads guilty to DUI - FOX 13 News

Hillsborough judge pleads guilty to DUI

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Sheehan (right, looking down) pleads guilty. Sheehan (right, looking down) pleads guilty.

A Hillsborough County judge has pleaded guilty to DUI charges.

Judge Tracy Sheehan  after a Tampa police officer said he saw her drifting between lanes after she left a parking garage in Ybor City.

Hillsborough Judge Tracy Sheehan found herself on the other side of the bench Friday.

"Miss Sheehan will be entering a guilty plea in the charge of DUI," said her attorney Stephen Romine.

Just as she promised after her arrest in July.

"She was going to take responsibility for what she did, and that is exactly what she did today," Romine said.

The path that led her to this courtroom began like it has for so many others. Her cousin was in town. They went out to dinner then stopped in Ybor City to have a few drinks.

It was near 11 p.m. when they left, and she said she didn't know anything was wrong until a police officer pulled them over.

Here is what she told us after her arrest in July.

"He stepped out of the car and asked, ‘have you been drinking?' I said yes. What ran through my mind was absolutely how idiotic I was to put myself in that situation," she said.

Now that she has pled guilty, her attorney said she can't talk about the case.

"She cannot say anything that could be construed as a way that could affect a view she may have or may not have about a case that may go in front of her," Romine said.

Judge Sheehan got a year probation, 50 hours of community service and court fines. Her driver's license is suspended for six months.

"It is the same as thousands of others who have come before and probably will come to follow," said Judge Caddell in his Pinellas County courtroom.

The case was moved to Pinellas County to avoid any conflicts of interest.

Sheehan's attorney said her DUI conviction should not affect her career as a judge.

"She is like any other citizen. This did not happen on the bench. It is unrelated to her performance as a judge. This doesn't stem from the courthouse or courtroom behavior," he said.

Now she will try to live up to another promise.

"I sure am deterred from this situation. I will never find myself in this situation again," she told FOX 13 last month.

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