Typically, a first DUI offense is a misdemeanor charge. However, your first DUI can be a felony if there are minor children under age 14 in the car. While a misdemeanor DUI has harsh penalties, a felony DUI conviction will make you just that - a convicted felon. This has consequences for your job, school, civic, and personal life.
If you are charged with DUI in Cobb County and there is a minor child under 14 in your vehicle, you will be charged with the additional DUI crime of DUI child endangerment. This is an additional DUI charge because the offense of driving under the influence and driving under the influence while endangering a child do not join together and are unique crimes under the Georgia code.
You will face another count of DUI - child endangerment for each additional child in your vehicle. For example, if you get pulled over for drunk driving and you have three children in the car, this will count as 4 separate DUI offenses. These charges are very serious and often result in Habitual Violator and felony treatment.
If you find yourself facing child endangerment DUI charges, contact an experienced DUI lawyer, Richard S. Lawson, as soon as possible for a consultation as these cases can be challenged and won.
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