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DWI with Child Endangerment

If you've been accused of drunk driving with a child in the car, you need a skilled Houston DWI attorney today. At The Samuelson Law Firm, we have nearly 15 years of DWI defense experience – let us put it to work for you. Drunk driving is usually charged as a misdemeanor. However, aggravated circumstances can elevate your charges to an even more serious crime – DWI with child endangerment. According to Texas Law § 49.045, driving while intoxicated with a child is a felony. In order to be convicted of this crime, you must be found guilty of driving drunk in a public place with a passenger in the car who is less than 15 years old. This crime is a state felony, punishable by incarceration for two years and a $10,000 fine. If you have been accused and convicted of a felony before, the offense may be charged as a third degree felony.

According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD), an anti-DUI organization dedicated to creating drunk driving awareness in the united states, 14% of children (less than 14 year old) killed in motor vehicle accidents were killed by drunk drivers. More than half of these children were riding in a car with an intoxicated driver. Drunk driving is dangerous; drunk driving with a child in car is dangerous and negligent. According to MADD, children who ride with drunk drivers are at risk for several reasons: First, they are more likely to be involved in a car accident; secondly, they are less likely to wear a seat belt of be placed in a car seat. Drunk driving is a serious offense because it places the lives of the driver in danger and the wellbeing of everyone else on the road. However, overzealous law enforcement or inadequate testing may lead to a false accusation.

What are the penalties?

Drunk driving is punishable by incarceration, probation, license suspension, fines and other penalties. Drunk driving with a child in the car is considered a more serious offense, punishable by a $10,000 fine and up to two years in prison. The minimum amount of time that you can spend incarcerated for driving while intoxicated with a child is 180 days. If you've been accused of this crime, your freedom, reputation and wellbeing are at stake. That's why The Samuelson Law Firm is dedicated to helping people like you – people who need a skilled Houston DWI attorney help them fight erroneous child endangerment and drunk driving charges.

The legal consequences of a felony conviction may affect other areas of your life, too. For instance, many employers will not hire you if you've been accused of driving drunk with ah child in the car or another serous crime. You may not be able to obtain certain licenses, permits or certifications. For instance, you may not be allowed to own a firearm or vote. Your right to vote in local, state and national elections may be compromised by a felony conviction, too. In Texas, convicted felons are not allowed to work as nurses, pharmacists or in other occupations.

Fighting Your Charges

If you've been accused, you may feel overwhelmed or intimidated by the complicated legal proceedings ahead of you. Let a lawyer from The Samuelson Law Firm help you find peace of mind. When you work with our firm, you can rest assured that an experienced and understanding lawyer will be by your side through every stop of the DWI legal process. Contact us as soon as possible to see what an attorney from the firm can do for your DWI and child endangerment case.

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