Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehmberg was released from jail sometime between midnight and 1 a.m. on May 9, says Roger Wade, spokesman for the Travis County Sheriff’s Office.
Her 45-day jail sentence began April 19, when she pleaded guilty to Class A misdemeanor driving while intoxicated; she had been arrested for DWI April 12. Lehmberg must also pay a $4,000 fine, and her driver’s license is suspended for 180 days.
Wade says that Lehmberg served her complete sentence in the Travis County Jail; each day in jail counted as two days towards her sentence, as provided in the law.
"The judge’s order didn’t state anything different, so that’s the way it was calculated. She didn’t qualify for the inmate-working program, so she just got the basic two-for-one. She didn’t violate any of the rules while she was there, so there was no disciplinary hearings or anything, so she was released," says Wade.
Lehmberg’s legal troubles aren’t over. She faces a civil suit seeking to remove her from office. [See "New Removal Suit Filed Against DA Lehmberg for DWI," Texas Lawyer, May 6, 2013, page 4.]
Lehmberg didn’t immediately return a telephone call to her cell phone seeking comment.
An emailed statement from the Travis County District Attorney’s Office reads, "Our office has an established chain of command, and we will continue to operate as we have in the past when the District Attorney was away for any reason. I and some senior staff have been in contact with Rosemary, and will meet with her soon after her release. This office will continue to efficiently serve the needs of the citizens of Travis County. Rosemary has stated she will be seeking professional help but that is a personal matter and we have no details on that decision."
Katie Naranjo, Lehmberg’s campaign manager and a founding partner and CEO of GNI Strategies in Austin, didn’t immediately return a telephone call seeking comment.