DA’s office files motion to add conditions to Oliveira’s bond

The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office is seeking to modify State Rep. Rene Oliveira’s bond to add multiple conditions, including that he refrain from drinking alcohol.

The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office is seeking to modify State Rep. Rene Oliveira’s bond to add multiple conditions, including that he refrain from drinking alcohol.

The DA’s office filed the motion Aug. 7. Through a spokeswoman, the office declined to comment on what motivated the filing of the motion, citing an ongoing criminal prosecution.

The Brownsville Police Department arrested Oliveira on April 28 and charged him with drunk driving after he left the scene of a car crash. Cameron County Commissioner Alex Dominguez defeated Oliveira during a runoff election the next month, beating out the representative for his long-held seat.

Oliveira, who is accused of driving while having a blood alcohol content that was allegedly double the legal limit in Texas, waived arraignment Aug. 6, entering an automatic not guilty plea to the charges.

The next day, the DA’s office filed its motion to modify Oliveira’s bond, which is set at $2,500.

The motion seeks to prohibit the lawmaker from committing a criminal offense, from visiting bars or clubs, and from fraternizing with anyone who consumes alcohol or controlled substances. The document also would require all vehicles operated by Oliveira to be equipped with ignition locks and states that Oliveira would not be allowed to operate a motor vehicle while under the influence of controlled substances.

The motion offered no explanation as to why the DA’s office is seeking to modify the bond.

The DA’s office filed a misdemeanor complaint against Oliveira on June 11, and since then, the representative’s attorneys, Ed Stapleton and Sara Stapleton, have filed a flurry of motions on Oliveira’s behalf, including a motion for inspection of records related to blood testing.

The Brownsville Herald has filed a Texas Public Information Act request seeking the results of blood testing used by the DA’s office to charge Oliveira with driving while intoxicated with a blood alcohol content greater than 0.15 percent. The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office has requested a Texas Attorney General opinion on whether it must release those results to the newspaper.

A Brownsville police report indicates Oliveira left Cobbleheads just before 10:30 p.m. April 28 before he crashed into a vehicle stopped at a light on the 800 block of Boca Chica Boulevard. Oliveira told authorities who responded to his home that he left the scene of the crash because “he believed the matter to be settled,” according to a police report.

Court records indicate that a trial is scheduled for Sept. 17 in County Court-at-Law No. 1, and defense attorneys filed paperwork stating that Oliveira wants a jury to assess punishment.