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Woman accepts responsibility for deadly DUI crash

A woman who once appeared on a reality TV show produced by the Lifetime cable network awaits her sentencing in jail after a fatal crash that happened in November 2017. She entered guilty pleas for manslaughter, DUI, disobeying traffic signs and driving the wrong way. According to the Virginia State Police, she drove a 2011 Cadillac the wrong way in the eastbound lanes of Interstate 264 and struck a 2009 Mazda.

The 29-year-old male driver of the Mazda died from his injuries at Sentara Virginia Beach General Hospital one day later. The woman suffered injuries as well and initially received a bond that allowed her to stay out of jail. She used a walker to enter a courtroom in December. Despite her injuries, the judge revoked her bond.

By May, she acknowledged her guilt on all charges except for DUI. The local sheriff's office needed paperwork from the state police before the DUI charge could be formally entered. She appeared again in court in June once the paperwork was completed and accepted responsibility for the DUI. The court scheduled her sentencing for October.

Charges related to drunk driving could result in jail time and high fines. A person arrested for driving while intoxicated could seek out legal representation. An attorney may evaluate the case and provide insights about defense strategies and the penalties associated with a conviction. An attorney might arrange for a reduction or dismissal of charges if law enforcement officers made mistakes during a field sobriety test. Even if evidence stands, an attorney may be able to pursue a plea deal that requires participation in an alcohol education program instead of jail time.

Source: WTKR, "Former reality TV star pleads guilty to DUI in Va. Beach fatal crash", Nick Boykin, June 11, 2018

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