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Representative charged with DWI following car accident

On May 6, it was reported that a first-term Texas state representative was taken into custody on suspicion of drunk driving after she crashed her vehicle into a tree. The representative, who was identified as 36-year-old Victoria Neave, reportedly refused to participate in a field sobriety test.

The incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. When officers arrived, it was reported that the politician had a strong odor of alcohol surrounding her. She was also reportedly unsteady on her feet, had slurred speech and refused to cooperate with the responding officers. Neave also allegedly told officers that she was invoking her 5th Amendment rights.

Neave posted $500 bail the following morning before releasing an apology on her Twitter account. She stated that she would accept the consequences and apologized for the incident. She had reportedly co-authored a bill that banned texting and driving in the state of Texas. Additionally, she also voted against a bill that would allow the state to regulate ride-sharing companies including Lyft and Uber.

In Texas, DWI cases move very quickly. In fact, people accused of drunk driving has only 15 days to request a hearing once they receive notification of a license suspension. Other consequences could depend on the circumstances surrounding the case, though those accused of DWI could face possible jail or prison time, alcohol treatment requirements and probation. They could even have their vehicle be forfeited and have a permanent criminal record that will follow them when looking for employment. An attorney could work to ensure that the person's rights were not violated at any point and provide a defense that may result in a dismissal of the case or reduced penalties.

Source: Inquisitr, "TEXAS LAWMAKER VICTORIA NEAVE, SANCTUARY CITY LAW FOE, BUSTED FOR ALLEGED DRUNK DRIVING", Robert Jonathan, June 6, 2017

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