DUI with a Child Under 14 in the Car
Arrested? Consult a Santa Rosa DUI Lawyer Today
While drunk driving is a serious matter in any scenario, charges of
driving under the influence (DUI) can carry even greater criminal consequences if a child under the age
of 14 was in the car at the time of arrest. Known legally as “DUI
with child endangerment,” a conviction on these charges can expose
a defendant to a mandatory minimum jail sentence on top of California
standard DUI penalties. Given the severity of these types of charges,
it is imperative you retain the services of a powerful attorney as soon
as possible to guard your driving privileges and future.
At the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, P.C., our trial-tested Santa Rosa
DUI attorneys understands the laws that influence your situation and can
provide the tenacious defense you need to minimize your chances of conviction.
Having skillfully defended thousands of accused clients and earned a Client
Distinction Award from Martindale-Hubbell® for our unparalleled excellence,
we have what it takes to help you get through this difficult time with
your freedom and dignity intact.
Call (707) 418-5352 or
contact our office today to take the first step towards retaining the quality advocacy you deserve.
What Added Penalties Can I Face?
Prosecutors tend to prosecute DUI with child endangerment cases far more
aggressively than ordinary drunk driving cases due to concerns over the
child’s wellbeing and a defendant’s fitness to provide care.
This sentence enhancement brings mandatory jail time upon conviction,
meaning a convicted person will definitely serve time in jail.
Minimum jail time for DUI with child endangerment is as follows:
First offense: 48 hours in jail
Second offense: 10 days in jail
Third offense: 30 days in jail
Fourth offense: 90 days in jail
These mandatory minimums can be added as additional consecutive sentences
on top of the penalties for a standard DUI, with prior convictions only
including those which occurred within the previous 10 years. It is important
to note, however, that if an attorney is able to negotiate for a reduction
to a less serious offense such as “wet reckless” or “dry
reckless,” this sentence enhancement will no longer apply.
You Do Not Have to Plead Guilty
Many people who are accused of DUI believe that their only feasible option
is to plead guilty and accept the associated punishment. This is not true!
At the Law Offices of Evan E. Zelig, our team of Santa Rosa DUI lawyers
understand the strategies necessary to contest the evidence against you
and maximize your chances of securing a favorable outcome for your case.
When your rights, liberty, and reputation are on the line, we are the
firm you need in your corner.
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why so many clients love us during a confidential and
free case evaluation.