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Hillsborough judge will be publicly reprimanded in October

The Florida Supreme Court has set a date for the public reprimand of a Hillsborough County judge charged with drunk driving last July.

In a letter released Wednesday, court Clerk John Tomasino told Circuit Judge Tracy Sheehan to be in front of the justices at 9 a.m. on Oct. 8.

Sheehan pleaded guilty to driving under the influence after being arrested on a drunk driving charge in Tampa. She was sentenced to 50 hours of community service and a year of probation.

The court had found that Sheehan violated the state’s Code of Judicial Conduct, calling her actions “reprehensible.”

Sheehan’s blood-alcohol level was recorded at 0.171 and 0.161, police said. Florida law presumes impairment when the level is 0.08 or above.

Sheehan presides over general civil and family-law cases in eastern Hillsborough County. Her DUI case was heard in Pinellas County to avoid any conflict of interest.