If you are charged with DUI in Gwinnett County, GA and you have a minor child in the vehicle, you will be charged with the separate crime of DUI child endangerment. This is like a second DUI charge because the offense of driving under the influence and driving under the influence while endangering a child do not merge together.
Child Endagerment is punishable by a $1,000 fine and up to a year in jail. In addition, there is substantial probation, community service, DUI risk reduction school, and alcohol and drug counseling that is often required.
DUI child endangerment is also considered a separate, additional DUI offense by the Georgia Department of Driver's Services DDS. Keep in mind that there will be another count of DUI child endangerment for each child in the car. For example, if there are 2 children in the vehicle, this is the equivalent of three counts of DUI. These offenses are very serious and often result in Habitual Violator and felony treatment. Contact an experienced DUI attorney, such as the lawyers at the Law Office Of Richard Lawson, as soon as possible for a free consultation.