Orlando, FL- Police in Florida have charged a pregnant woman with DUI after she caused an accident with his 18-month-old twins in the car.
The incident occurred on March 11th in Ocala. According to the Orlando Sentinel, police arrested 28-year-old Angel Oliver after she rear-ended a car on State Road around.
Her 18-month-old twins were in the back of the car and were not properly restrained, but fortunately they were not injured. One of the children fell onto the floor in the back seat; the other child, who was in a child seat, tipped over according to the Orlando Sentinel.
Police say Oliver had two empty beers in her car. She was slurring and couldn’t recite the alphabet. Two breath tests showed her blood alcohol content was .228 and .236, respectively.
Oliver, who is pregnant, admitted to police that she had three beers before she got behind the wheel.
Police are unsure how far along her pregnancy is.
Unfortunately, incidents like these are not uncommon and it is often a child’s parent who puts them at risk. In 2013, study, researchers found that out of 2,075 children killed in drunken driving accidents between 2001 and 2010, 65 percent were riding with the intoxicated driver. In a majority of those cases, the drunken driver is the child’s parent. Making matters worse is the fact that drunken drivers rarely properly restrain their children.
For these reasons, Florida and other states have enhanced penalties for motorists who drive drunk with children in their car.
No matter which state you live in, driving while intoxicated with a minor child in your vehicle is a very serious charge. DUI offenders have an uphill battle fighting the intoxicated driving charges, and adding child endangerment charges makes that battle even more difficult.
There are plenty alternatives to drinking and driving, sadly, too few people explore those alternatives and soon find themselves in trouble with the law. A DUI may not seem like a big deal, but it is, and a person convicted of this charge will deal with the consequences for years to come.
Our DUI attorneys serving Orlando have the knowledge and skills necessary to provide their clients with an effective DUI defense. They understand the components of a good defense and will work tirelessly to negate some of the more severe DUI penalties.
Anyone facing DUI charges needs to be proactive and seek out legal counsel immediately. Some DUI offenders fail to realize how much an impact this charge can have on them in the immediate future and in the long-term. If you have been charged with a DUI, you need to contact an Orlando DUI attorney immediately so they can get to work on your defense. You may be thinking you don’t need an attorney or don’t want to spend the extra money. You do need and attorney no matter how minor or serious your DUI charges are; not having one could cost you more than you anticipate.