Case Details

Case # 09 CC 1
Judge Sheila M. McGinnis
Disposition Reprimanded
Decision Date 11/18/2009

Case Summary

The Complaint alleged that on May 9, 2008, Judge Sheila M. McGinnis ("Respondent") rear-ended a vehicle at a stoplight, which resulted in damage to the motorist's vehicle; a police officer, who responded to the scene of the accident, detected alcohol on the judge's breath when he attempted to question her. The Complaint also alleged that Judge McGinnis declined to take a field sobriety test at the scene; refused to answer questions; and failed to provide the officer with proof of valid automobile insurance. Judge McGinnis was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and issued citations for driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident, and failure to provide proof of valid insurance. The Complaint further alleged that while at the police station, Judge McGinnis again declined to take a Breathalyzer test. On January 20, 2009, Judge McGinnis pled guilty to driving under the influence of alcohol and she was sentenced to court supervision for a period of eighteen months, fined $1000.00, and ordered to attend a victim impact panel and complete treatment pursuant to an alcohol evaluation.

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