DWI offender sentenced in courtroom at Volcano Vista HS | KOB 4

DWI offender sentenced in courtroom at Volcano Vista HS

Eddie Garcia
September 19, 2019 05:32 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- Students at Volcano Vista High School got the opportunity to see how a courtroom works.

A two-time DWI offender was sentenced to jail time during a hearing at the school Thursday.

The students were engaged and polite.

Some of them even got to do a mock sobriety test, wearing drunk goggles.

Dr. Vickie Bannerman, the school’s principal, invited Judge Valdez to show students the reality of life.

“If you choose to make a wrong decision, don't blame the court, don't blame the officers, don't blame the lawyers - blame yourself because when you know better the expectation is that you do better,” she said.

For some students, the experience could be a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.

“Often times, the only time you see a judge or a court is when you have to go down there and you're in trouble,” Judge Valdez said. “This is an opportunity for us to go out and show them what we do on a daily basis.”


Eddie Garcia

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