Trial Begins for Woman Accused of Dismissing Speeding Tickets
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) -
The trial of former municipal court analyst Frances Rios, accused of tampering with government documents, got underway Wednesday in the 94th District Court.
Rios was first indicted in December of 2011 on that charge, which is a state jail felony. She was accused of dismissing speeding tickets five different times, including one ticket that was allegedly issued to her niece.
In opening statements, Rios' defense attorney, Rene Rodriguez, said the charges stem from mistakes made by the Department of Public Safety.
"Her life has changed completely because of these people," Rodriguez said. "Because they didn't have the knowledge to figure this out."
If convicted, Rios could spend up to two years in prison.