DUI Trials at Local Davis High School
For roughly two years now, local high schools, including Davis Senior High School and Pioneer High School in Woodland, have been hosting criminal trials for DUI cases to bring to the students' attention the dangers and potential legal implications of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
The defendant in this case was Tracy Cossu, a 48-year-old Vacaville firefighter and paramedic, who was tried, convicted and sentenced on two different misdemeanor counts at Da Vinci Charter Academy in Davis. The defendant articulated that she did not feel nearly as inebriated as her blood alcohol content of 0.145 indicated. She was found guilty of driving under the influence and driving with a blood-alcohol content of over .08 percent and sentenced to 60 days in jail.
In addition, the prosecutor in this case, Matt DeMoura (pictured above), sentenced Cossu to three years of probation, issued a fine of $1,958, ordered her to enroll in a three-month DUI course and ordered her to install a continuous alcohol monitoring “SCRAM” system on her person that measures her blood-alcohol content at all times.
Cossu's defense attorney, Richard Lansburgh, communicated that his client pushed for her trial to take place in this scene to help the students learn from her mistakes. All of the schools involved with this program, and their respective administrations, have the philosophy that it is their responsibility as educators to, in addition to core subject matter, expose and educate students on crucial life lessons that they will implement outside the classroom.