Judge convicted of DWI back in court over interlock device

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Rochester judge Leticia Astacio, who was found guilty of DWI in August, was back in court Tuesday after her court-ordered interlock device registered alcohol on two separate occasions.

In February, police found Astacio and her damaged car pulled over on 490, near Mt. Read Boulevard.

After much back and forth between attorneys and a 20 minute recess, Astacio admitted to violating her sentence for driving while intoxicated.

Astacio will now have to use the ignition interlock device for an additional six months.

During her tearful admissions, she said she regrets not reading all the details in the judge orders and will not let this happen again.

“I am just a normal person. This whole ‘being a judge’ thing is super new for me,” said Astacio. “I am just a normal human being. I don’t like the attention.”

“She is expected to comply with the terms, as anybody would be,” said Zach Maur, from the Ontario District Attorney’s Office. “I understand her statement that she was very emotional and she didn’t read it as clearly as she should have. That does not absolve her of that responsibility. She got treated here just as any other defendant would.”

If Astacio violates these conditions, she could face probation and risk the chance of losing her license.

We also asked if her position as a Rochester City Court judge is in jeopardy. As of now, because it’s an elected position, she will have to answer to the Judicial Conduct Committee.

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