Judge denies State Rep. Youngblood’s request for jury trial

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A state representative arrested for DWI was hoping for a jury trial, but that won’t be happening.

Monica Youngblood was arrested for driving drunk after she passed through an Albuquerque Police Department DWI checkpoint in May.

Youngblood asked for a jury trial in court Tuesday morning, but Metropolitan Court Judge Kevin Fitzwater turned the request down.

Jury trials are not an automatic right when a defendant faces less than six months in jail.

Youngblood’s bench trial has now been set for late August. 

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