A large percentage of adults living in Southern California are parents.
Considering the fact that parents are no longer leaving their young children
home alone like they did in the 1980s and earlier, a considerable amount
of children are found riding in the back of their parents’ vehicles
when they are arrested for driving under the influence (DUI).
It’s hard to fully understand how alcohol affects the body, we get
it. For that reason alone, every day parents enjoy a couple of beers at
a family barbeque or a glass of wine or two at dinner, then thinking that
they “are fine,” load up the family in the car and head back home.
Unfortunately, what parents don’t realize is that drinking and driving
with their children in the vehicle is frowned upon by local law enforcement
and state legislators. In fact, if a parent or other adult is arrested
for drinking and driving with a child in the vehicle, they will face
child endangerment charges in addition to standard DUI charges.
Continue reading as we explain what California’s law has to say about
DUI and child endangerment.
DUI and Child Endangerment Charges
Child endangerment is covered under
Section 273(a) of the California Penal Code. Child endangerment is called a “wobbler”
offense, meaning it can be charged as either a misdemeanor or a felony
depending on the facts of the case.
Under Section 273(a), any person who, under any circumstances that are
likely to cause great bodily injury or death to a child, willfully causes
or permits a child to be in a situation where their health is endangered,
shall be charged with child endangerment.
misdemeanor, child endangerment is punishable by up to one year in the county jail.
felony, child endangerment is punishable by two, four, or six years in prison.
If you are a parent and you are facing
DUI and child endangerment charges in Orange County, it’s especially critical that you seek a strong
defense. At the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc., we understand
that your family is at stake and we will do everything we can to help
fight your charges and mitigate the consequences that you face.
Protect your future and your family by
contacting our Orange County
DUI defense firm today!