Guilty Verdict Remains after Cynthia Neff's DUI Appeal

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A guilty verdict remains after former Albemarle County Democratic Party Vice Chair Cynthia Neff's appeal of a DUI conviction.

Neff was convicted of DUI in February in Albemarle General District Court but the defense appealed.

Tuesday night, after a bench trial that lasted all day, Judge Cheryl Higgins found Neff "guilty beyond a reasonable doubt."

Albemarle County police say an officer pulled Neff over last October along Pritchett Lane after he observed her driving erratically along Route 29. According to that officer, she admitted she had a few glasses of wine at an art fundraiser. A breathalyzer test also indicated she had been drinking.

Assistant Commonwealth's Attorney Matthew Quatrara said, "We have so many DUIs that don't get the level of notoriety that this one did, that sort of fly under the radar in this community, and it's unfortunate we have that many and it's unfortunate that there isn't more community awareness about the scope of the problem."

Judge Higgins said she'll sentence Neff to a 30-day suspended sentence, pay a $250 fine and drive for a year on a restricted license and with an alcohol breath lock on her car for six months.

Higgins deferred imposing that sentence until August 15, Neff's deadline for appealing the conviction. 
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