Thursday, July 21, 2011

The DWI story that keeps on giving


    The continuing sage of the probated DWI sentence. In today's Laredo Morning Times, new light was shed on the development that has been getting substantial press recently. This time around, it sounds like the DA's office made a mistake "it rarely makes";one that would have prevented the plaintiff's 3rd DWI to be presented as a felony. It does sound, however, that the DA caught this "rare mistake" in time.

From Larredo Morning Times
By Andrew Kreighbaum

The Office of the District Attorney admitted to making an error this week in a case involving a woman convicted of driving while intoxicated.

 A mistake was made while drafting the plea packet, said District Attorney Isidro “Chilo” Alaniz — an oversight from his office that could have meant Kristine Sandoval’s third DWI offense would not have been able to be presented to a grand jury for indictment.

His office rarely makes that mistake, Alaniz said in an interview Wednesday.

“It will now qualify this new case as a felony,” he said.

“If anything, we’ll be able to redeem ourselves with a felony.”

The admission follows a motion filed last week to amend that conviction.

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