Legal Ethics

Suspended NM Appellate Judge Accused of Blowing Over Twice Legal Limit Takes Plea in DWI Case


A New Mexico appeals court judge who was suspended after being charged in a drunk-driving case last month has pleaded guilty to one count of driving while intoxicated.

A first offender, Judge Robert Robles, 60, got probation and community service in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court after his plea yesterday and must use an ignition lock device for a year, reports the Albuquerque Journal (sub. req.).

He was charged with aggravated drunken driving and reckless driving after allegedly running a stop sign at 50 mph and nearly hitting a police car in Albuquerque last month. His breath-alcohol test reportedly registered .20, nearly two-and-a-half times the legal limit of 0.08.

A confidential legal ethics investigation concerning the incident by the Judicial Standards Commission apparently is ongoing.

Earlier coverage:

ABAJournal.com: “Appeals Court Judge Allegedly Ran Stop Light, Nearly Hit Cop Car, Blew 2.5 Times Legal Limit”

Hat tip: Associated Press.

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