Most licensed drivers in Texas are well-aware of the fact that it’s
against the law to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs. After
all, driving under the influence can lead to an arrest for
driving while intoxicated (DWI), which is punishable by up to a $2,000 fine, up to 180 days in jail,
and by a one-year driver’s license suspension (for a first offense).
What a lot of Texans do not realize is that it’s a separate crime
to drive under the influence of drugs or alcohol with a child under the
age of 15 in the vehicle. For example, say you have some drinks at a family
barbeque, and you drive home with your two kids in the backseat.
You’re pulled over because an officer saw you weaving; after failing
the breath test, you’re arrested for DWI. Since your two children
were in the car at the time of your DWI arrest, you would be charged with
in addition to DWI.
What Are the Penalties Involved?
If you are caught driving while intoxicated with child passengers, you
will face DWI charges and child endangerment charges. The crime of DWI
with a child passenger is punishable by:
- Up to a $10,000 fine
- Up to two years behind bars
- A six-month driver’s license suspension
While DWI with a child passenger is a serious offense, it’s commonly
committed by parents every day. All too often, parents go out to dinner
and have “a few too many drinks,” or they have alcohol at
family gatherings and they don’t realize they’ve had too much
to drink. The problem is that when they miscalculate their alcohol intake
and drive under the influence with their kids in the vehicle, it can lead
to serious criminal penalties as listed above.
If you’re a parent who’s facing DWI with child passenger charges,
we urge you to
contact The Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC at once for help!