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Update: Rochester City Court Judge Found Guilty of DWI

By Staff

 

Leticia Astacio

(Update, Aug. 22)Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has been found guilty of DWI.

Canandaigua City Court Judge Stephen Aronson ordered Judge Astacio to pay a $500 fine Monday, and she has lost her license for six months.

Astacio must also install an ignition interlock device in her vehicle for one year, until her license is reinstated.

“You are an elected official, and you have a responsibility to your constituents,” Aronson said, according to an article in the Democrat and Chronicle. “With this verdict, you have let them down.”

Astacio, 35, was ticketed and charged with DWI, while on her way to court Feb. 13, after troopers were called to Interstate-490, where she had apparently been involved in a one-car accident.

Astacio refused to take a Breathalyzer test, and her license was suspended.

According to Aronson, who’d presided over a bench trial in the case, prosecutors proved Astacio was intoxicated when troopers arrived on the scene, due to the fact that she smelled of alcohol, and her answers were obscure in response to the officers’ questions. 

Astacio’s attorney Ed Fiandach said Astacio plans to appeal the verdict. 

(From June 8): Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio has reportedly denied driving without a license, after reports surfaced Wednesday she had driven to a court appearance following her arrest for a charge of misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated.

Astacio, 35, was ticketed and charged with DWI, while on her way to court Feb. 13, after troopers were called to Interstate-490, where she had apparently been involved in a one-car accident.

Astacio refused to take a Breathalyzer test, and her license was suspended.

According to Astacio’s attorney, Ed Fiandach, Astacio’s sister or another relative may have been driving her car, and reports that a video had been taken of  Astacio driving were also false.

Astacio recently decided against having a trial by jury, and will appear before Canandaigua City Court Judge Stephen Aronson for a bench trial on Aug. 15.

(From March 11) – Rochester City Court Judge Leticia Astacio pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor Driving While Intoxicated charge, March 11.

Ontario County District Attorney Brian Dennis and Canandaigua City Court Judge Stephen Arronson will be handling the case, in order to prevent any conflicts of interests, city and county officials stated.

Astacio, 34, was ticketed and charged with DWI, while on her way to court Feb. 13, after troopers were called to Interstate-490, where Astacio had apparently been involved in a one-car accident.

According to court documents, she’d refused to take a Breathalyzer test, and first told officers she had been driving to court to do her morning arraignments at 9:30 a.m., but then later said she had been driving to the gym.

Astacio also said, according to the reports, “I can’t believe you’re doing this to me. You’re f***ing ruining my life.”

However, according to Astacio’s attorney, Ed Fiandach, she was not treated fairly by the officers during the encounter.

“The bad part about this case is it’s basically an unfortunate chain of some very questionable circumstances,” Fiandach stated. “Quite frankly, the procedures that were used in this case are bizarre. Something I haven’t seen before in other cases.”

Judge Stephen Arronson suspended Astacio’s license Friday, and said he would hold another hearing to review the matter April 25.

“Clearly, in the end, if she is convicted, the fact that she is a judge, and does preside over DWI cases; I think that should be taken into consideration,” Dennis stated.

Astacio will face up to one year in jail, and a $1,000 fine, if she is convicted of the crime.

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