Daytona, FL- Law enforcement agencies throughout Florida arrest thousands of people for driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. All told, nearly 1.5 million American men and women are arrested for driving under the influence each year, according to FBI statistics. Sadly, some of those impaired drivers are driving drunk or high with children in their car. You may be one of them and need to know how it will affect your DUI charges.
If you are driving under the influence and have a child in your car, you are facing some pretty harsh consequences, so you need to know why. A 2013 study appearing in the journal Pediatrics found that 2,344 children, aged 15 years and younger were killed in 2,075 car accidents, involving drunk drivers between 2001 and 2010, according to Reuters Health. Of those children killed, 65 percent were riding with their parents at the time of their fatal crash. In 30 percent of those crashes, impaired parents failed to properly restrain their children, a step that could have saved their lives.
For a first-time DUI conviction, motorists in Florida face a jail term between 6 and 9 months, fines of at least $500 upwards to $2,000, and You could also be ordered to install and ignition interlock device in your car, the costs of which will come out of your pocket and are on top of the fines, fees and legal cost you must pay.
Those consequences alone can be worrying, but if you were driving drunk and had a minor child in your vehicle you will face even tougher consequences. Under Florida law, a person arrested for driving under the influence with a child under the age of 18 carries a penalty of up to 9 months in jail, fines between $1,000 to $2,000 and a six month requirement for an ignition interlock for six months, according to MADD.
Prosecutors in Florida- and most states for that matter—pay special attention to DUI cases involving children especially if an accident occurred. You can expect them to aggressively pursue your case, so you need someone to provide you with an aggressive DUI defense lawyer. A DUI conviction resulting from impaired driving charge while a minor is in the vehicle can reflect poorly on parent. It can give them a bad reputation with their employer and their community and have a long-term impact on many aspects of their lives.
If you have are facing a simple DUI or one that involves child endangerment in Daytona, USAttorneys encourages you to consult with one of our accomplished DUI lawyers in Florida to discuss your case. Our team of attorneys are well-versed the state’s DUI laws and know the value of a strong defense.
You need someone on your side who can help you negate the consequences you are facing. Contact one of our DUI lawyers in Florida today and get the best legal advice. If you are in Daytona we recommend you contact attorney Jessica Damoth to help you beat conviction.