DUI Child Endangerment in GA

If you are arrested for a DUI while transporting a child passenger who is 14 years old or younger, you could be charged with DUI Child Endangerment in Georgia. According to state law, DUI Child Endangerment is considered a separate offense. 

In other words, you could be charged with DUI and DUI Child Endangerment, rather than having the child endangerment offense merge with the underlying DUI offense. Additionally, if you have more than one child in the vehicle at the time of the arrest, you could be charged a separate offense for each child. 

A conviction for DUI Child Endangerment carries the following penalties: 

  • First offense – A misdemeanor that is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 12 months and/or a fine of up to $1,000. However, if a child suffered a serious or fatal injury, a first offense is a felony that can result in imprisonment for up to ten (10) years. 

  • Second offense – A misdemeanor that carries a jail term of up to 12 months and/or a maximum fine of $5,000. However, if a child suffered a serious or fatal injury, a second offense is a felony that can lead to imprisonment for up to 20 years. 

  • Third offense – A felony that is punishable by imprisonment of up to three (3) years and/or a fine of up to $5,000. However, if a child suffered a serious or fatal injury, a third offense is a felony that can lead to imprisonment for up to 20 years. 

A conviction of DUI Child Endangerment can also lead to other serious consequences, especially if your job requires caring for children or operating a vehicle. Due to the severity of the potential penalties, it is imperative to hire an experienced criminal defense attorney to protect your rights, reputation, and freedom. 

If you or a loved one has been charged with DUI Child Endangerment in Gwinnett County, contact Daniels & Taylor, P.C. today at (770) 285-1673 for a free initial consultation. Providing knowledgeable and personalized legal services in Lawrenceville and beyond since 1994. 

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