Facing drunk driving charges can be challenging. But if you have been accused of driving under the influence with a child in the car, the charges against you are far more severe than you might have thought. In 2022 there were 6,385 motor vehicle crashes nationwide that involved driving under the influence of alcohol, drugs or medication. Because of that DUIs are taken very seriously in California. And when you have been accused of putting a minor child at risk, you can expect harsh penalties.
Take steps to protect your future by presenting a strong legal defense. Reach out to a reputable DUI lawyer at the Law Offices of Graham D. Donath for a confidential consultation.
Under California Penal Code 273a, you can face child endangerment charges if you allow a child to suffer unnecessarily, put a child in a situation where their health or safety is at risk, or have inflicted unjustifiable mental or physical pain or suffering on a minor.
If you have been accused of a DUI with a child in the car, you can expect to face child endangerment charges in addition to the initial DUI charge. The consequences for a conviction could have a devastating impact on not only your life, but your child’s life as well.
The consequences for a drunk driving conviction and the child endangerment charges that you may face are severe. To start, you will face the DUI charges against you. If you are convicted, some of the penalties you could face include:
However, under California Vehicle Code 23572 VC, there are enhanced penalties that you will face for driving under the influence with a minor under the age of fourteen.
If this was your first time being charged with a DUI, this will include a mandatory forty-eight hours of jail time. If you are a second, third, fourth, or habitual DUI offender, the mandatory jail time can be increased to as much as ninety days.
There are also many collateral consequences you may deal with if you are found guilty of a DUI involving a child. You could face the revocation of your professional licenses, deal with the fallout of your reputation being destroyed, and deal with child custody issues, to name a few.
Since the consequences of a DUI involving a minor child can be so harsh, you must take steps to clear your name of the charges against you. There are many different ways that you can go about defending yourself when you have been accused of a DUI involving a child. Some of the more common types of defenses used in cases like yours include:
These are only a few of the defenses that could help you obtain an acquittal. A careful examination of the evidence and details of your case will reveal which defense strategy is most likely to produce a favorable outcome in your case.
The consequences of being found guilty of drunk driving with a child involved could destroy your life. The best thing you can do for your case is to present a powerful defense strategy. Meet with an experienced California DUI lawyer at the Law Offices of Graham D. Donath to retain the legal help you need.
Schedule your confidential case review when you contact our Orange County office at 714-758-5293 or our Riverside office at 951-667-5293. Or, fill out our secured contact form and we will reach out to you to find out more about the criminal charges against you.