Senior United States District Judge Kathryn H. Vratil of the District of Kansas has served since being appointed by George H. W. Bush in 1992. She served as Chief Judge of the District of Kansas from 2008 to 2014 and took senior status on April 22, 2014. She currently holds down a full caseload and frequently sits by designation with several of the Courts of Appeal, including the 9th Circuit.
Well, she was just arrested for DUI and improper driving.in Johnson County, Kansas and released on a $1,000 bond. She has no prior criminal history of any kind and so faces pretty much zero chance of jail, but likely will face a mandatory license suspension and a sizable fine and the 100 community service in lieu of jail.
There will likely be no immediate effect in regards to her judicial duties. But it will be awkward as ******* hell when she goes into preside over criminal cases with a DUI hanging over her own head.
She can take full retirement on her current $210,900 a year salary for the rest of her life, but I doubt she will do that.
If she stays in senior status, once her legal proceedings with Kansas wrap up, she will face an investigation by the Tenth Circuit judicial counsel, although I would expect that any sanctions would be relatively light, likely in the form of an official letter of reprimand. Unlikely they would take any action beyond that.
Shame, as she is considered an excellent jurist.
DUI FIRST OFFENSE: Conviction of a first Kansas DUI is a Class B misdemeanor.
JAIL : A minimum of 90 days up to a maximum six (6) months imprisonment, or, in the court’s discretion, 100 hours of community service.
FINE: $750.00 to $1,000.00, plus there is a $150.00 ADSAP fee that goes to the state. Court costs may also be between $10.00 and $150.00.
PROBATION: Probation is an option only after you have served at least 48 hours. The terms of probation are just like the terms of diversion: no drinking, do not break the law, go to alcohol school, etc. In addition, in the court’s discretion, the court may order that the defendant’s car be impounded. So, a first time DUI conviction in Kansas will require you to go to jail or a treatment program for 2 days before you can be put on probation.
SUSPENSION OF DRIVING PRIVILEGES: A criminal conviction of a first time DUI for a person who submitted a test result under a .150 results in a 30 day suspension of driving privileges and 6 month restriction to driving only with an ignition interlock device if their driving record is clear, or a 12 month restriction to only driving with an interlock device if they have a prior conviction for Minor in Possession/Consumption, Transporting an Open Container, or three or more moving violations within the previous year. If the breath test is over .150, driving privileges are suspended for a year, followed by an additional year of only operating a vehicle equipped with an ignition interlock device. However, after 45 days of suspension the driver can apply for a restricted license that would allow driving to and from work with an ignition interlock device installed. In the event of a test refusal, the driver is suspended for a year followed by at least one year of ignition interlock, but the driver can apply for the restricted license to allow driving with an ignition interlock under certain conditions after being suspended for 90 days. This suspension goes on the person’s driving record.