Child Endangerment Defense Lawyer
On top of OWI charges, a person who is operating a vehicle while intoxicated or visibly impaired, with a passenger 15 years old or younger will receive Child Endangerment charges. If you have been charged with a DUI it is important to remember it does not mean you have been convicted, do not just plea guilty or give up hope. At Criminal Legal Services, our attorneys are experienced in defending DUI cases throughout Southeast Michigan.
Michigan law has 3 variations of an Operating While Intoxicated offense that include having your ability to safely operate a motor vehicle substantially affected by drugs or alcohol; a bodily alcohol content (BAC) at or above 0.08; or a BAC of 0.17 or higher (“super drunk“). If you are being charged with an OWI violation and at the time of the offense had a child under the age of 16 as a passenger you will receive child endangerment charges in addition to the OWI charges.
Person under 21 – Child Endangerment Charges
Child Endangerment also occurs when – a person under the age of 21 with a BAC of .02 or higher is operating a vehicle with a passenger under the age of 16.
First Offense – Misdemeanor
- $200 – $1,000 fine
- Up to 1 year imprisonment
- Community service for 30 to 90 days
- Possible vehicle immobilization
Second Offense – Felony
- $500 to $5,000 fine
- Imprisonment for 1 to 5 years
- Up to 1 year in jail, probation and community service for 60-180 days.
- Vehicle Immobilization
The potential penalties for an OWI conviction, even if it’s a first offense can be extremely serious, adding charges of child endangerment increases the severity. If you have been charges with a child endangerment offense we recommend you consult with an experienced defense attorney. At Criminal Legal Services, our attorneys specialize in defending those charged with OWI and child endangerment offenses and will fight to protect your rights.
Some people think the deck is stacked against them – however there are a number of legal defenses and it’s even possible to defeat an OWI Child Endangerment case. Having the right attorney can make all the difference, contact us now for a free consultation with an experienced attorney.
Other Operating While Intoxicated Charges
- Operating While Intoxicated (OWI / DWI / OUI / DUI)
- Operating While Visibly Impaired (OWVI)
- Operating While Intoxicated Drugs (OWID / OWPD)
- Operating While Intoxicated – Minor (Zero Tolerance)
- Operating While Intoxicated – Causing Serious Injury
- Operating While Intoxicated – Causing Death
- Open Intoxicant
- Super Drunk – High BAC
- Preliminary Breath Test (PBT) Refusal
- BAC DataMaster Refusal
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Our attorneys specialize in defending criminal cases and have obtained outstanding results for our clients. If you or someone you know has been charged with an OWI offense, call us today for a free consultation.
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