Experienced Attorneys Representing Drivers Facing Dui With Minor Charges Throughout Cobb County
Driving under the influence is a serious offense in the state of Georgia, more often than not leading to severe penalties if convicted. Such a violation becomes far more consequential if a minor is a passenger at the time of the DUI. For purposes of a DUI, a minor is defined as being a child under the age of 14. Georgia recently expanded their laws in an effort to impose far graver punishments for those driving under the influence while transporting a minor. If you are facing charges for a DUI with a minor offense, it is imperative that you retain strong legal counsel immediately. It is unwise to take this matter lightly, as consequences have the potential to be life-altering. Blevins & Hong, a criminal defense team serving the cities of Atlanta and Marietta, will devise an aggressive and effective strategy to tackle your legal obstacles.
Georgia’s Child Endangerment Statute – O.C.G.a 40-6-391(I)
In Georgia, the Child Endangerment Statute covers various situations. Motorists can be accused of this violation by driving under the influence. A DUI with a child under 14 in the car makes this statute applicable. However, charges for child endangerment and DUI cannot be merged under the law. Harsher sentencing and prosecution occur for both charges in the state of Georgia, which is important to remember.
Nobody wants to face multiple charges for DUI and child endangerment. Unsurprisingly, the penalties for these offenses are quite severe. Any accused individual must hire an attorney to fight against these charges. Loss of driver’s license, fines, and even jail time are possible penalties here. By hiring a Cobb County DUI attorney, the accused can help avoid the most severe penalties whenever possible.
What You Need to Know About Your DUI With a Minor Charge
Strict Georgia Law dictates that individuals driving under the influence with a child under the age of 14 be charged with DUI Child Endangerment. It is important to realize that such a charge is treated as its own offense. In other words, a DUI Child Endangerment charge will supplement the underlying DUI violation, and carry augmented penalties. Furthermore, a separate DUI Child Endangerment charge will be imposed for each minor passenger at the time of the citation. If you are facing a DUI and two charges of DUI Child Endangerment stemming from a single incident, you run the risk of being treated as a Habitual Violator. In sum, the possibility of losing your driving privileges for up to five years is a distinct reality. Blevins & Hong will explore the circumstances surrounding your predicament, and build a strong defense to present in court.
When confronted with a potentially severe punishment stemming from a DUI Child Endangerment allegation, it is vital to secure an attorney well-versed in harsh Georgia DUI law. Consequences can conceivably alter your life as you know it, even more so for individuals whose careers involve being responsible for children. Physicians, teachers, coaches, bus drivers, and those employed by a daycare center are examples of professionals whose lives could be turned upside down following a DUI Child Endangerment conviction. With such high stakes on the line, you cannot risk a feeble defense provided by an inexperienced attorney. Do not jeopardize your future. Consult with the aggressive criminal defense team of Blevins & Hong today. Call (678) 883-7081 to schedule a meeting to discuss your charges and begin planning a strategy to dispute them.
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