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What Happens If My Kids Were in the Car When I Was Arrested for DWI?

Alcohol has been a mainstay at family gatherings, holiday parties, and after work celebrations for years. Whether you are drinking beer at a Super Bowl party, enjoying a celebratory glass of champagne on New Year’s, or drinking wine on Thanksgiving, alcohol is often circulating around at gatherings with friends and family, many of which you may have brought the kids to.

As we all know, drinking and driving don’t mix. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, about every 20 minutes in Texas, someone is injured or killed in an alcohol-related crash. Unfortunately, sometimes there is a fine line between drinking below and above the “legal limit,” and it is easy to make mistakes when it comes to this measurement and exercising good judgment.

In Texas, you can be charged with Driving While Intoxicated ( DWI) when you have been caught driving with a blood or breath alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08%. However, you can be considered impaired by alcohol or drugs regardless of your BAC reading.

DWI With Child Passenger in Plano & Dallas

If you were drinking at a restaurant, at home, or at another gathering and decided to drive with a child under the age of 15 in your vehicle, you could be charged with child endangerment if you were driving while intoxicated with one or more children in your vehicle.

The penalties for DWI with a child passenger include:

  • A fine not to exceed $10,000
  • Between 180 days and 2 years in jail
  • Loss of driver’s license for six (6) months

Under Sec. 49.045, the offense of driving while intoxicated with a child passenger is a state jail felony; this offense is prosecuted in district court.

Contact Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC today!

If you are a parent, you and your children cannot afford to lose this battle. How would a conviction affect your job, and more importantly your family? In the face of DWI with child passenger charges, you need to do everything you can to defend yourself and minimize any corresponding penalties.

For hard-hitting DWI defense in Plano & Dallas, call the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC now!

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