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Hillsborough judge pleads guilty to DUI

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PINELLAS COUNTY, FL -

A Hillsborough County judge plead guilty Friday to a single charge of misdemeanor driving under the influence.

Judge Tracy Sheehan admitted she was driving drunk the night Tampa Police pulled her over in July on Channelside Drive at Twiggs.

Records show she blew almost twice the legal limit.

Friday, she plead guilty to a single charge of misdemeanor driving under the influence in front of a Pinellas County judge.  Pinellas County handled the case because she is a Hillsborough judge.

"I think Judge Sheehan was clear from the beginning that she was going to take responsibility for what she did and that's exactly what she did today," said her attorney, Stephen Romine.

Judge Sheehan had nothing to say to reporters as she left the courthouse.

Romine says there's a reason for that. "Judge Sheehan is an excellent judge, she is well respected in the legal community.  I don't think this case changes any of that for her."

Judge Patrick Caddell sentenced his fellow judge to 12 months of probation, and ordered that her license be revoked for six months.  She must perform 50 hours of community service.

She also has to pay court costs and investigative fees.

Romine says his client is pleased to put this chapter of her life behind her. "I think that she is happy to be moving forward and I think that she is happy that she has taken responsibility for what she needed to take responsibility for and she's going to look forward from here on out."

He says this should not affect her status as a judge. "She's like any other citizen. This didn't happen on the bench.  It's unrelated to her performance as a judge.  This doesn't stem from courthouse or courtroom behavior."

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