DWI attorney who came to court drunk gets probation

Posted at: 08/22/2013 2:08 PM
Updated at: 08/22/2013 2:10 PM
By: KOB.com staff

ALBUQUERQUE -- A New Mexico DWI attorney is now on probation after showing up to a court hearing drunk.

A judge ruled Thursday that John Higgins be placed on probation. He must also attend Alcoholics Anonymous meetings three times a week.

This comes after he was taken into custody for direct contempt of court in July. Officials said he stumbled around drunk in the wrong courtroom for 45 minutes.  

If he violates his terms, he could face 30 days in jail.

This is the second-time Higgins has faced alcohol-related charges. In 2009, he was arrested for drunk driving after his car crashed into a curb. Police cameras then recorded Higgins mouthing-off to officers from the back of a police car.