DWI with Children
Getting involved in a DWI arrest can be a bad enough situation without adding the fact that your kids were in the backseat when you did it. Having an Austin DWI Lawyer to take care of your case can be the most important thing you do for yourself and your child.
When you get a DWI with your children, the punishment is always greater than it normally would be. Normal punishments for a DWI can range anywhere from 180 days to 2 years in jail. There are also different types of fines that you will be forced to pay once you have gotten out of your jail time. When they officially give you your sentence, they might also give you some type of probationary period along with a certain number of hours of community service.
All of these punishments seem quite steep, but if you get arrested for a DWI with your child in the car, almost all of the punishments will be doubled. Not only will you be charged with a DWI but you will also be charged with child endangerment. This means that the state feels that you put your child in danger and that the child should be taken away from you. If you put your child in danger in any way like that, the state will take your kids away from you until you can learn how to take care of and protect your children. All of the fines will be doubled because of the danger you put yourself, your child, and the others on the road in.