you're rich and famous, that doesn't help you avoid jail, as the Paris Hilton case proves. However, if you're the wife of Los Angeles City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo, who was charged with the same traffic crime as Paris, then avoiding jail isn't such a problem.
It's not about what you've done or how much money you have, it's about who you know. The latest twist in the Paris Hilton traffic violation story has the district attorney, Rocky Delgadillo's wife, Michelle Delgadillo, facing the same charge, but she receives no jail time. According to The L.A. Times, Michelle Delgadillo appeared in a Los Angeles court on June 20 and entered a plea of no contest to a misdemeanor charge of driving without a valid license in connection with a 1998 Santa Monica traffic citation.
The L.A.Times writes that before showing up to court, Michelle had a warrant issued for her arrest in connection with the case. The warrant was issued in connection with Delgadillo's failure to appear in court a month after her August 1, 1998, citation. During this time, Michelle had been charged with driving on a suspended license, without insurance and in an unregistered vehicle.
On Wednesday, June 20, Michelle Delgadillo was arraigned in Los Angeles County Superior Court and pleaded no contest to driving without a valid license. She received a one-year summary probation and $431 in fines and penalties. The other charges were dismissed. In a statement on June 19, Michelle revealed she was "very embarrassed" by her current situation and decided to correct it immediately. Santa Monica Deputy City Attorney Betty Haviland explained that Michelle Delgadillo's plea was the same that most motorists receive in similar circumstances and added, "It's good that she has a license now."
Michelle Delgadillo's driving history was put in the spotlight after her husband's comments during the Paris Hilton case. During the Paris trial, Rocky Delgadillo suggested to the judge that the hotel heiress should spend more time in jail for driving with a suspended license and violating her probation in connection to her alcohol-related reckless driving charges. Earlier this week, Rocky admitted that his wife had driven his city-owned vehicle with a suspended license. During one personal errand, Michelle Delgadillo damaged the city vehicle, which was repaired at city expense. Rocky Delgadillo also revealed on June 18 that he wrote a check to reimburse the city for the $1,222 repair and said that it was "the right thing to do."
Rocky Delgadillo also admitted to being embarrassed after learning he had been driving his personal car without auto insurance from June 2005 to July 2006 and blamed the problem on his wife, who was responsible for issues involving the car. He has since taken over that duty. As for Paris Hilton, it may have helped her to have an inside source with the L.A. County's District Attorney's Office, because her wealth and fame certainly didn't do anything in her quest to avoid spending time behind bars.