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Drunk Driving Defense
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Getting charged with drunk driving is devastating for most people. It leads to public judgment and self-shaming in addition to criminal consequences. But getting accused of drunk driving with your children in the car is another matter altogether. It is significantly more serious from a legal standpoint and leads to far more serious public condemnation.
At a difficult time like this, you need an attorney who will fight for your rights and freedom without judging you. And that’s what you’ll find when you call Stacey M. Washington, Attorney and Counselor.
What The Law Says
Assuming that there are no injuries, an OWI with kids in the car starts out with the same base charges as an OWI if you were caught driving alone. However, the additional charges for transporting a minor under the age of 16 while impaired raises the stakes considerably.
A first-offense conviction for child endangerment OWI can result in up to a year in jail, up to $1,000 in fines and suspension of your driver’s license.
If you are convicted of the same offense a second time within seven years, the penalties are multiplied: Up to 5 years in prison, up to $5,000 in fines, license revocation and additional consequences like probation and/or community service.
Non-Criminal Consequences Of A Child Endangerment DWI
Being charged with any drunk driving offense is frowned upon by the community and employers. But a DWI with children in the car will likely destroy your reputation and could threaten your relationship with your kids.
Possible non-criminal consequences include:
- Losing custody or visitation rights in a current or future child custody dispute with an ex-spouse
- Ruining your eligibility for adoption (if you are currently seeking to adopt)
- Ruining eligibility for certain jobs or volunteer opportunities that involve working with children
No Judgment – Just Strong Legal Advocacy
I am Stacey M. Washington, a former prosecutor and an attorney with more than three decades of experience. When you call me, you don’t need to worry about lectures or judgment. Instead, you can expect skilled and knowledgeable legal representation from a lawyer who cares about you and your future.