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Penelope Soto apologizes for flipping off Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat

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MIAMI, Florida (AP) - A young Miami woman apologized for flipping off a judge, who then dropped contempt charges and vacated her 30-day jail term.

WATCH: Penelope Soto's tearful apology

Eighteen-year-old Penelope Soto admitted Friday she was under the influence of Xanax and alcohol when she made the obscene middle- finger gesture and rude comments earlier this week directed at Circuit Judge Jorge Rodriguez-Chomat. Video of the confrontation quickly went viral.

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Soto tearfully apologized to the judge, who said the episode should be a lesson in how to properly treat people. Rodriguez-Chomat said Soto would have been a convicted felon if he allowed the contempt charge to stand.

Her lawyer said Soto will complete a drug court program, which includes treatment for drug addiction and usually results in charges eventually being dropped for first-time offenders.

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