DUI With Minor in the Vehicle

South Florida DUI Child Endangerment Lawyers

A person who is accused of driving under the influence (DUI) faces some very stiff consequences if he or she is convicted, but the possible penalties can be further enhanced if there was a minor in the vehicle. An alleged offender not only faces the possibility of increased fines and imprisonment but also faces mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device on his or her vehicles.

Advocacy groups like Mothers Against Drunk Driving (MADD) have pushed for additional DUI child endangerment penalties, and Florida is one of 46 states that has enacted such statutes. Prosecutors will aggressively seek maximum punishments in these cases, and judges can similarly come down hard on individuals who are facing such charges.

Palm Beach County DUI With Minor in the Vehicle Lawyer

Were you recently arrested for DUI in South Florida while a person under 18 years of age was in your car? You should not wait any longer to seek experienced legal representation.

The Fort Lauderdale DUI with minor in the vehicle attorneys at Meltzer & Bell, P.A. fully investigate these arrests and fight to defend clients in Broward County, Miami-Dade County, and Palm Beach County. Let us review your case during a free, confidential consultation by calling (561) 557-8686 right now.

Florida DUI With Minor in the Vehicle Overview

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Fort Lauderdale Charges for DUI With Minor in the Vehicle

A person can face enhanced penalties if he or she was DUI and was accompanied in the vehicle by a person under the age of 18 years. In order to be charged with the underlying crime of DUI, the alleged offender needs to have been driving or in actual physical control of a vehicle and either:

  • Under the influence of alcoholic beverages, any chemical substance, or any controlled substance, when affected to the extent that the person’s normal faculties are impaired
  • Have a blood-alcohol level (BAL) of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 100 milliliters of blood
  • Have a BAL of 0.08 or more grams of alcohol per 210 liters of breath

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DUI With Minor in the Vehicle Penalties in Palm Beach County

Under Florida Statute § 316.193(4), an alleged offender who is convicted of DUI and who at the time of the offense was accompanied in the vehicle by a person under the age of 18 years, faces the following punishments:

  • First Conviction — Up to nine months in jail and fine of up to $2,000
  • Second Conviction — Up to 12 months in jail and fine of up to $4,000
  • Third or Subsequent Conviction — Up to 12 months in jail and fine of up to $5,000

This statute states that the an alleged offender will also be subject to mandatory placement of an ignition interlock device in all vehicles that are individually or jointly leased or owned and routinely operated by him or her for a minimum of six months for the first offense and not less than two years for a second offense.

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Florida DUI With Minor in the Vehicle Defenses

In these types of cases, it especially crucial to have a lawyer conduct a thorough investigation of every aspect relating to an alleged offender’s arrest. A knowledgeable attorney may be able to get charges reduced or completely dismissed through any number of defenses that may include, but are not limited to:

  • Failure of police officer to read implied consent warning
  • Field Sobriety Tests were either improperly administered or did not indicate intoxication
  • Improperly operated or malfunctioning equipment produced inaccurate blood alcohol concentration (BAC)
  • No probable cause for original traffic stop
  • Observations of police officer are not supported by video evidence

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Meltzer & Bell, P.A. | A DUI With Minor in the Vehicle Lawyer in Fort Lauderdale

If you are facing charges related to DUI child endangerment after allegedly being intoxicated with a passenger under the age of 18 in your vehicle, it is critical for you to seek legal counsel as soon as possible. Meltzer & Bell, P.A. represents clients throughout South Florida, including West Palm Beach, Wellington, Royal Palm Beach, Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Worth, Jupiter, Greenacres, Delray Beach, Boynton Beach, Boca Raton, and more. 

Our Palm Beach County DUI with minor in the vehicle attorneys have more than two decades of combined experience handling these kinds of charges. Call (561) 557-8686 today to let our firm review your case during a free consultation.

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