What Our Readers Think: DePersia Jailed After Alleged Probation Violation

A roundup of reader comments on Charlotte DePersia's $500,000 bail set this week for allegedly drinking in violation of her DWI and vehicular manslaughter probation.

On April 10, Patch reported that less than three months after , Charlotte DePersia, 59, of East Hampton was by Judge William Condon in lieu of $500,000 cash bail for allegedly violating her probation by having two drinks at Gurney’s Inn in Montauk on March 10.

A court-ordered ankle monitor registered a blood alcohol level of .039 percent, consistent with consuming two glasses of wine, prosecutors said at DePersia’s arraignment Tuesday at the Arthur M. Cromarty Court Complex in Riverside.

Patch readers had a lot to say about the incident.  The following is a round-up of some of their comments. Add to the conversation by posting a comment below.

said, "Time to pay the price for bad decisions; bye now .... she had many chances to change. She'll now learn the hard lesson life is to teach her; behind bars."

asked, "She must have KNOWN that her consumption of the wine would have been recorded by her monitor and thus violate the terms of her probation. What was going on in her mind at the time?"

said, "Alcoholism is recognized as a disease from a legal standpoint, however driving while intoxicated is a crime. I spent 1 1/2 years in Riverhead / Yaphank county jail for DWI offenses. I'm an alcoholic & hit my personal low while in jail, which allowed me to begin my recovery. I've been sober for 4 1/2 years & trying to lead a productive life. I was 59 years old when I spent my first night in Riverhead jail. I guarantee you Ms. Depersia had the worst night of her life last night. Outside of a miracle & based on my experience, I believe she will spend 2 to 4 years in an upstate prison which houses people with addictions. She will receive treatment here. The key here is for her to hit her low & desire recovery. If not, she will probably die from her disease."

said, "Keep your comments to yourself, it can happen to anyone."

said, "A small fraction of the idiots that suffer from drinking problems have a medical anomaly. The majority suffer from stupidity. It's a choice to drink or not."

paul efron April 15, 2012 at 10:32 AM
A very sad story...However,it could have been a lot worse...As a professional interventionist,this story speaks to the INSANITY that precedes the first drink.Knowing she has the ankle monitor,knowing the warning from the judge,knowing the potential ramifications...She drank anyway...That sums up the DISEASE of alcoholism.G-d willing she will find the solution wherever she is sent.I will keep her in my prayers.P.S.-Drtee Dancer--Congrats on your sobriety!!
East Hampton Retiree April 15, 2012 at 11:55 AM
Thank you Drtee Dancer for the reality check and insight. Only those who have gone the route that Charlotte faces can understand her pain. I believe she needs help but deserves to be in prison (where she can get away from the booze) and get help and counselling. If she could have done it on her own, she wouldn't be there. Her husband had the same problem and was likely her enabler; who knows? He was able to get past it (for now) and save his own life; she didn't have that luck or ability. I hope she finds the cure.
GOLD FINGER April 15, 2012 at 11:57 AM
Where is the love people? Those without sin cast the first stone ...
local Business owner April 15, 2012 at 01:24 PM
She was really mean
Jaguar-Guy April 16, 2012 at 05:18 PM
I'll love her more when she is back from jail (after serving the punishment she agreed to serve if she drank again), and she is sober and not driving. The most important thing here people is that she never drives again and has the opportunity to hurt someone else. Now that she cannot hurt anyone else, she must choose whether she continues to hurt herself by drinking. Is the ankle bracelet going back on if she gets out on bail before final sentencing?? And lastly, acrullen - you are mad writing that "it can happen to anyone". You MUST be joking, right?? What percent of our community do you think drives around habitually DWI ???


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