DUI Child Endangerment

You Need an Attorney to Fight Your DUI Child Endangerment Charge

If you’re facing DUI Child Endangerment Violation charges in Middle Tennessee, contact Lords & Cate to discuss your case.

Child endangerment is a DUI while you have a passenger under the age of 18 in your vehicle. If you are charged with a DUI while having a minor in the car, the prosecutor will likely take a greater interest in prosecuting your case by seeking an enhanced punishment. You need an attorney to fight your DUI child endangerment charge.

What Does a DUI Child Endangerment Conviction Look Like?

Like most charges people may face, the facts and circumstances surrounding the incident will determine the potential punishment. The following are the potential punishments for a DUI and child endangerment.

DUI and Child endangerment:

  • There is a mandatory minimum of 30 days in jail
  • Minimum fine of $1,000
  • And you’ll face penalties for the DUI itself, see DUI offenses for a list of those penalties

If the minor suffers serious injury, the punishments become much more severe:

  • Class D felony if child suffers serious injury
  • 2 to 12 years jail time
  • Fine up to $5,000

If the in the vehicle dies:

  • Class B Felony if child death involved
  • 8 to 30 years jail time
  • Maximum fine of $25,000
  • License may be revoked permanently

Note: Sentence length depends on a number of factors, including the person’s criminal history.

Information provided by TN Department of Safety & Homeland Security

If you have been charged with DUI with a minor in the car contact the Law Offices of Lords and Cate immediately for a free consultation.