Seventeen defendants in pending criminal cases entered guilty pleas on Tuesday in Carbon County court.

Judge Steven R. Serfass accepted the pleas from the following defendants.

DUI cases

The following entered guilty pleas to driving under the influence (DUI) and related offenses.

Jason M. Derr, 34, of Freeland, was arrested on Oct. 21, 2010, in Weatherly.

He was sentenced to serve six to 24 months in prison, pay a fine of $500, license suspended for a year, get a drug and alcohol (D&A) evaluation and follow any recommendation for treatment, and render 50 hours of community service. He was given credit for seven months spent in jail on the charge and was paroled.

Esteban Victor Fernandez, 50, of Union City, N.J., was arrested on July 3, 2011, at the Beltzville State Park. The DUI charge was for operating a motor boat on the lake while under the influence. Given a test, the result was .12BAC. He also pleaded to boating law violations. It was a first offense.

Serfass placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation and and render 25 hours of community service.

On three boating law violations he was fined a total of $550 and had his boat privileges suspended for a year and ordered to attend and complete a boat safety course.

Megan Marie Guarnere, 33, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested on July 5, 2011, along the turnpike in East Penn Township, after being involved in an accident. Given a test, the result showed the presence of a controlled substance.

She was sentenced to serve 48 hours to six months in jail, a fine of $500, license suspended for a year, get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 25 hours of community service. She was given credit for two days spent in jail and was paroled.

Scott Edward Hoats, 43, of Lehighton, was arrested on Sept. 28, 2011, along Bridge St., in Weissport. Given a test, the result was .16BAC. It is a first offense.

Serfass placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300, and get a D&A evaluation. On a summary offense of no seat belt, he was fined $10 and costs.

David Hydro, 48, of Jim Thorpe, was arrested on Sept. 3, 2011, along SR248 in Lower Towamensing Township. Given a test, the result was .17BAC. It was a first offense.

He was placed on probation for six months and ordered to pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation, and render three hours of community service per month while on probation.

Derick Hymans, 19, of Nesquehoning, was arrested on Aug. 27, 2011, along the Sgt. Stanley Hoffman Blvd., in Lehighton. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

Serfass deferred sentencing to a later date.

Patrick Llewellyn, 26, of Lehighton, was arrested on April 27, 2010, along Mahoning Drive East in Mahoning Township. A test revealed the presence of a controlled substance.

Sentencing was deferred to a later date.

Donald Roy Long, 36, of Palmerton, was arrested on Aug. 21, 2011, along Second St., in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .13BAC.

Serfass sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, pay a fine of $300, license suspended for a year, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

He will serve the sentence beginning March 6 at 9 a.m. and serve three days and then March 13 at 9 a.m. and serve two days.

Bernie Mieczkowski, 55, of Lehighton, was arrested along Gypsy Hill Rd., in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was 19BAC. It was a first offense.

Serfass placed him on probation for six months and ordered he pay a fine of $300, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

Lacie V. Moore, 34, of Newport, Tenn., was arrested on Sept. 22, 2011, along Blakeslee Blvd., in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .25BAC.

Serfass deferred sentencing to a later date.

Diamond J. Moyer, 35, of Tamaqua, was arrested on Feb. 13, 2011, along Patterson St., in Lansford. Given a test, the result was .31BAC.

Serfass sentenced him to serve five days to six months in jail, a fine of $300, license suspended for a year, get a D&A evaluation, and render 25 hours of community service.

He will serve the prison term on consecutive weekends beginning March 10 at 9 a.m.

Helen M. Stuart, 48, of Lehighton, was arrested on Nov. 27, 2011, along East Penn St., in Lehighton. Given a test, the result was .30BAC.

Sentencing was deferred to a later date.

Other cases

Other defendants who entered pleas included:

John Nicholas Eremus, 47, of Nesquehoning, pleaded to one count of obstruction of the administration of law enforcement. He was arrested by Nesquehoning police for an incident that occurred in March 2011.

He was placed on probation for a year and ordered to render 150 hours of community service and get a D&A evaluation.

Paul G. Herman, 52, of Jim Thorpe, pleaded to one count of each of simple assault and possession of an instrument of crime.

He was arrested on Jan. 3, 2010, by Jim Thorpe police for an incident at his residence.

In 1999 Herman was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison for voluntary manslaughter. Herman pleaded guilty to the shooting death of James Logan of Penn Forest Township on Aug. 15, 1997. The voluntary manslaughter plea means a person killed in the mistaken belief he needed to protect himself.

The charges he plead to stems from a domestic situation in which he admitted choking a female and then kicked her in the stomach. Also found at the home was two firearms, a loaded Savage, pump action, 12 gauge shotgun and a Marlin Glenfield .22 caliber rifle. Because of his prior conviction Herman was not allowed to have any firearms.

Serfass deferred sentencing to a later date.

Davis James Kline, 19, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested in July 2011 in Lehighton.

Serfass placed him on probation for a year and ordered he render 50 hours of community service.

Jennifer Miller, 37, of Palmerton, pleaded to one count of retail theft, as a felony. She was arrested on Dec. 3, 2011, by Palmerton police at the Spillane's Variety Store for taking $26.48 worth of merchandise.

Serfass placed her on probation for two years and ordered she render 100 hours of community service and supply a DNA sample and pay the $250 fee.

Zach Rossi, 27, of Lansford, pleaded to one count of possession of drug paraphernalia. He was arrested on Aug. 11, 2011, by Summit Hill police for an incideent in the area of 140 W. Fell St.

He was placed on probation for a year and ordered to get a D&A evaluation, zero tolerance imposed on D&A use, and render 50 hours of community service.

Each defendant sentenced must also pay court costs, which average close to $1,000, and pay a $50 per month supervision fee while on probation or parole.