Los Angeles Minor Passenger DUI Lawyers Defending Clients From Sentence Enhancements
As any rightful state laws, they have been put in place to defend public safety. This is especially true when it comes to protecting the health and safety of state minors, or young adults under the age of 14 years old.
As you can imagine, California DUI laws definitely have strict rules when it comes to minor passengers as well. In fact, prosecutors can add additional punishments to your case, including increased charges, fines, required parenting classes, and many other variations. Learn how our DUI enhancements law firm can help.
Attorney Working to Completely Rid Drunk Driving Defendants of Minor Passenger Enhancements
If you’re facing minor passenger sentence enhancements alongside your DUI case, you need a skillful L.A. County DUI attorney to help navigate the litigation process. Here at Braden & Tucci, we take pride in being there for our clients from the very beginning, even by providing additional information here for you to learn before facing the courts.
What Happens If I Get a DUI While My Children Are in the Car?
Getting a DUI at any time or place can negatively affect your life and others. Driving under the influence has unfortunately injured/killed hundreds of adults and children. It’s understandable that California state law does everything it can to protect its citizens from the aftermath of drunk driving, including increasing punishments for drunk driving with minors in the vehicle.
Here are a few more details to note that classify minor passenger DUI enhancing charges:
- There was a passenger under the age of 14.
- The driver had a blood alcohol content (BAC) level at or above 0.15 percent.
- The driver declined to take a DUI breath, blood, or urine test.
- The driver drove recklessly or was speeding at 20mph or above the posted limit on a surface street or at 30mph or above the limit on a freeway.
Any convicted DUI driver with a vehicle passenger below age 14 will have to serve time in jail – along with a sentence for the underlying DUI conviction—and that’s just the beginning.
Can DUI Defendants with Minor Passengers Face Child Endangerment Charges?
Just as you would want your children to be safe at all times, so does the state. Not only will you have to make arrangements for your children when facing a drunk driving charge, but you can also face increased criminal charges, like child endangerment.
You may have had an original DUI charge, but facing a child endangerment charge includes:
- Permitting a child to suffer unnecessarily
- Inflicting unjustifiable physical or mental pain or suffering on a child
- Placing a child in a situation where the child’s health and/or safety is endangered
The criminal punishments facing these charges can vary, but they will most definitely be increased compared to a singular DUI charge. It’s important to have the appropriate representation in court to make sure that your children receive the treatment that is best for them, which is typically to be with family members that show they put their health and safety first.
How Can A Los Angeles DUI Law Firm Help You and Your Children?
There are two questions that must be answered to apply minor passenger sentence enhancements to a DUI case:
- Are you guilty as charged as a DUI driver?
- Was a child under the age of 14 years old present in the vehicle?
California DUI enhancements are only able to be applied when defendants are convicted for the original DUI charge itself. Then, and only then, can the prosecution also apply the enhancement as well. That’s why it’s so important to retain a skilled DUI attorney to represent you if you’ve been charged with driving under the influence.
Of course, every case is different. However, depending on the details of your arrest and the charges that you face, the qualified attorneys here at Braden & Tucci will develop a strong and aggressive defense that will dispute:
- The results of your DUI blood, breath, or urine test.
- The actual conduct of the police offer that handled your arrest.
- Any other flaw in the prosecutor’s case against you depending on the details of your case.
If worse comes to worst and you’re facing a DUI alongside child endangerment charges, you can rely on the team here at Braden & Tucci to support you throughout the entire litigation process. Not only that, but our team works one on one with each client to get to know the details of their case, their families, and place the client’s interest first as a constant priority.
Don’t hesitate to reach out to our office right away. We would be more than happy to arrange your initial consultation at a time that works for you. Call us today at (213) 935-7550!