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Accused of driving drunk with a child in your car?

While out and about in your car with your kids -- or a friend or family member's children -- police pulled you over. After a quick conversation, the officer asked you to submit to sobriety testing. He or she believes you were driving drunk with children in your car. In the state of California, that is a serious offense with severe consequences if convicted.

You may or may not have agreed to roadside testing. It is your choice at that point. If you refused, officers probably tested you at the station instead. Either way, if your blood-alcohol content reading showed that your BAC level was higher than legally allowed, not only will you face charges of driving under the influence, child endangerment and child abuse charges may also be filed against you.

Not a typical DUI charge

If charged with DUI in this situation, even if no one received injury, the charges you will face will likely be at the felony level. This means if prosecuting attorneys can achieve a conviction in your case, the consequences associated with that conviction may include:

  • Jail time
  • Hefty fines
  • Alcohol treatment
  • Loss of driving privileges

If any of the children in your car suffered injuries or you hurt anyone else, the court will consider that when issuing punishment.

Child endangerment/child abuse

Any time an adult puts a child in danger, he or she runs the risk of a criminal charge for it. If you stand accused of driving drunk with one or more children in your car, child endangerment charges are pretty unavoidable. If a child suffers injuries while you were allegedly driving drunk, the state may also charge you with child abuse. This means that, not only will you face the penalties previously mentioned, you may lose your parental rights as well. That can be a tough pill to swallow.

Too much on the line

Driving drunk with one or more children in your car is a serious offense. Prosecuting attorneys will do what they can to ensure punishment to the fullest extent of the law. With there being so much on the line, you do not want to take any chances when it comes to your criminal defense. With the right help, you can question any evidence offered against you in order to fight for a case dismissal or, at least, a reduction in charges and penalties.

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