An average of 300 children die every year because they were riding in the car with an intoxicated drivers. Because drunk driving is so reckless, those who commit the crime with a minor in the car are considered to be committing child endangerment on top of drunk driving. Child endangerment is a third degree felony and is punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and two years imprisonment. If you have been charged with driving drunk with a minor in the car, it is critical you speak with a Houston DWI attorney as soon as possible.
In order to be convicted of DWI with a minor, you do not need to be over the 0.08% limit ordinarily required for an officer to give you a DWI. If a passenger in your vehicle is under 15 and the officer who pulled you over believes you have been impaired by alcohol to any extent, you may be charged with this crime. Fortunately, when this happens, a skilled Houston DWI lawyer may be able to prove that you were not, in fact intoxicated.
If you did fail the breathalyzer or field sobriety tests, you still can fight the charges though. These two tests are notoriously inaccurate and your Houston DWI attorney may be able to show the court just how unreliable the results from your tests really are. We will do whatever it takes to prove you were in full control of your normal mental and physical facilities, which means that the child was 100% safe while in the vehicle with you.
If all else fails, your Houston DWI lawyer may negotiate a successful plea bargain to ensure that you are not sentenced to the devastating maximum sentence for this crime.
If you have been accused of driving drunk with a minor in the car, please call our offices as soon as possible.