TODAY | February 09, 2013
>>> you may have seen this video this week of a teenager in south florida flipping off and cursing at a judge in court. left a lot of people with their mouths hanging open. the judge threw the book at her. by friday, she had a chance to make amends. so how did it go? here's the story from charles hadlock.
>> reporter: a much more contrite penelope soto was back in court on friday, along with her family and her attorney to ask that the felony contempt of court charges be dropped.
>> my behavior was very irrational. and i apologize not only to the court and you but to my family.
>> reporter: it was a far different demeanor than soto 's first appearance in court last monday on charges of possession of xanax. soto , who is 18, had no prior run-ins with the law. so dade county circuit judge jose rodriguez shamot set bail at $5,000.
>> reporter: but adios was too smart alecy for the judge.
>> come back.
>> reporter: the judge doubled the bail.
>> bail is $10,000.
>> are you serious?
>> i am serious. adios.
>> reporter: that's when soto flipped the bird.
>> come back again.
>> reporter: that's when the judge --
>> come back again.
>> reporter: piled on the charges.
>> i believe i heard you saying to --
>> yes, i did. i'm not going --
>> i believe you -- but say [ bleep ]?
>> actually --
>> did you say that?
>> yes, sir, i did.
>> but say that? i find you in criminal contempt . 30 days in the county jail .
>> that's fine.
>> when there's outrageous disrespect, the judge has to do something meaningful. here it was jail time.
>> reporter: after four nights in jail, soto apologized to the judge and explained cha that she was still high on -- explained that she was still high on alcohol and xanax when she appeared in court and volunteered to attend a drug rehabilitation clinic. a much more forgiving judge vacated soto 's 30-day sentence and even suggested that if she kicks her drug habit , she might have a bright future.
>> want to be full health --
>> reporter: maybe, but she'll have to learn how to watch her tongue first. for "today," charles hadlock, nbc news.