12/09/2013 10:00 EST | Updated 02/08/2014 05:59 EST

Former politician doing well in jail, looking forward to release: lawyer

HALIFAX - A lawyer for a former Nova Scotia politician who is in jail for fraud says his client is doing well.

Lyle Howe appeared on Trevor Zinck's behalf Monday in provincial court to request a delay in a drunk driving case involving the former politician.

Howe said outside court that Zinck is at a jail outside of the Halifax area and the former member of the legislature is expecting to finish his sentence before his next court appearance in January.

"He's a tough guy and he's overcoming the issues he's facing and he's excited to get out and move on to the next chapter," said Howe.

In court Monday, Judge Frank Hoskins agreed to delay the date for Zinck's plea on drunk driving charges until Jan. 27.

Howe told the court that he needed time to consult with his client.

He also said he expects Zinck will be released from jail and be able to appear at the next court date.

Zinck has yet to enter pleas on charges of impaired driving and having a breathalyzer reading above the legal limit of 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood.

He was arrested Oct. 2 after police stopped a vehicle on the street where he lives in the Halifax area.

Zinck, who represented Dartmouth North, was the last of four ex-politicians to be sentenced in the legislature's expense scandal.

He was sentenced Oct. 9 in Nova Scotia Supreme Court to four months in jail and a year's probation on charges of fraud over $5,000 and breach of trust.