Approximately 40 California teenage students witnessed an actual DUI trial on Monday. The Sheriff's Department organized the program (with assistance from other county officials and volunteers) to educate teens on the consequences of making bad decisions behind the wheel of a vehicle. The defendant in the case plead "no contest" to the DUI charge was sentenced to 3-years of probation, 12-months of no alcohol with mandatory enrollment in alcohol treatment and counseling classes, and $1,900 in fines. In addition, the defendant has 6-months of jail waiting over his head should he violate the terms of his sentence.
Following the trial, students were encouraged to ask questions of the participants and officials are hopeful that the experience will provide a positive influence with regards to making better choices as teenagers.