YAKIMA, Wash.-- Yakima County Prosecutor Jim Hagarty was in District Court Monday, but this time on the other side of the law, facing a judge in connection with his November DUI arrest. It was pretty quick hearing, that took all of about 15 minutes.
His preliminary appearance, arraignment, and sentencing all in District Court.
Hagarty and his attorney, Gregory Scott, worked out a deal with the Kittitas County Prosecutor's Office. Hagarty pleading guilty to reckless driving, not the DUI charge. The court accepted the plea and sentenced him to 12 months of probation, gave a $500 fine, and a 30 day suspension of his driver's license.
The terms of his probation include DUI classes and 24 hours of community service.
He was however not sentenced to any jail time, the maximum in this case 364 days.
"All of that is suspended here as long as Mr. Hagarty does what he is supposed to do, then it will not be imposed," said Scott.
The courtroom was empty today, aside from the media, and Hagarty chose not to address the court before his sentence was handed down, nor did he speak with NBC Right Now after the hearing.
Kittitas County Judge James Hurson did speak directly to Hagarty though, suggesting that he use this experience and position to help influence others to not make the mistakes that he has.