CHARLESTON -- A woman could have no record of a conviction for having drugs and driving after drug use if she follows a treatment program and other requirements.
Mindy M. Sims, 30, for whom court records list an address of 506 West Park Plaza, Mattoon, pleaded guilty to charges of possession of a controlled substance and driving under the influence.
Sims was was stopped for a traffic violation in rural Coles County on July 18 and painkillers were found in her vehicle, according to records in her case. She then told the police officer that she had used drugs before driving, the records say.
With the agreement reached in her case, Sims admitted having a prescription painkiller and a charge alleging possession of morphine was dismissed.
Her sentencing was postponed pending her participation in Coles County's drug court program, which was added to her bond requirements.
Drug court requires frequent court appearances and other supervision along with treatment and other requirements. It can lead to charges dismissed if completed successfully.
Also with the agreement, Sims was sentenced to two years of court supervision for the DUI, a misdemeanor offense. The sentence leads to no record of a conviction if all terms are met.
Coles County Circuit Judge Brien O'Brien included payment of about $1,800 in fines and court fees as part of the supervision sentence.
The judge accepted a plea agreement that Assistant State's Attorney Joy Wolf and Public Defender Anthony Ortega recommended.
In other drug cases in court recently, O'Brien also accepted guilty pleas from:
- Kayla R. Curtis, 20, for whom records list addresses on Sixth Street in Charleston and in Champaign, to a charge of possession of a controlled substance alleging she had heroin on Feb. 2.
A charge accusing Curtis of also having methamphetamine was dismissed and she was sentenced to two years of first offender probation. The sentence is another way to no record of a conviction if completed successfully.
Probation terms included an evaluation to determine substance abuse needed and a requirement that she follow the evaluation's recommendation.
Curtis was also ordered to pay about $1,800 in fines and fees while jail time was stayed, meaning she won't have to serve it if she meets requirements.
O'Brien accepted a plea agreement that Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Jesse Danley recommended.
- Brieanna R. Laidley, 22, whose most recent address on record is 513 S. 26th St., Mattoon, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging she had the drug on Aug. 26 of last year.
Terms of Laidley's two-year first offender probation sentence included a substance abuse treatment evaluation and about $1,500 in fines and court fees.
Wolf and Assistant Public Defender Terese Matthews recommended the plea agreement.
A co-defendant, Morgan D. Powell, 38, for whom records list an address in Philo in Champaign County, was sentenced to two years of probation when she pleaded guilty in February.
- Melanie A. Chilton, 44, for whom records list an address in Tolono in Champaign County, to a methamphetamine possession charge alleging she had the drug found during a traffic stop in Mattoon on July 31.
A charge accusing Chilton of also having a prescription medication was dismissed and terms of her two-year first offender probation sentence included a treatment evaluation, about $1,500 in fines and fees and stayed jail time.
Wolf and Ortega recommended the plea agreement.