State Representative David Graves, who tried to use legislative immunity to avoid a drunken driving charge, was sentenced to ten days in jail and fined 16-hundred dollars yesterday.
The Macon Republican also was ordered to 20 days of home confinement, 240 hours of community service, and alcohol counseling. His driver's license was suspended for 12 to 18 months.
Because the charge is a misdemeanor, Gravese will not have to give up his House seat. He has resigned as chairman of the committee that handles liquor industry legislation.
Graves pleaded guilty to a DUI charge from last year in Cobb County. He was convicted two weeks ago of another charge stemming from a traffic stop February 15th after he left a dinner meeting with other legislators away from the Capitol.
He claimed that his legislative immunity should have prevented him from being arrested. The provision stipulates that lawmakers cannot be arrested during sessions of the General Assembly or its committees or while traveling to either one.
State Court Judge Irma Glover ruled that even though the Legislature was in session at the time, there was no evidence that the dinner was either a committee meeting or part of any legislative session.