According to reports, a Metro-Atlanta nanny was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and driving under the influence child endangerment. With the six-year-old child in the backseat and alcohol in her system, the Nanny got behind the wheel of the car, causing a four-car pileup.
“She was actually the nanny and she was under the influence at 9:45 in the morning,” a police officer told Channel 2 Action News. “You're putting not only the child in danger, yourself in danger, but everyone else that's driving on the roadway. It's not something you should be doing, especially with a child in the car.”
Officers further commented that the woman was slurring her words and appeared unsteady on her feet. After returning the young girl to her parents, police were informed that some of the family's vodka had gone missing.
Child Endangerment in Hall County
As a Hall County DUI Lawyer, I know the severity of DUI child endangerment charges. Many of those who receive these charges are surprised to learn that when you are charged with a DUI in Hall County and a child under 14-years-old is in the car, the impaired driver will receive an additional DUI per child.
While the consequences of a DUI are severe, they become much more detrimental when a child is found to be endangered. Because Georgia Law considers child endangerment such a serious offense, it is crucial to know the law behind it and the penalties associated with it. On top of the license suspension for the DUI charge, you could also face more jail time, probation, higher fines, and potentially even lose custody of your child.
For a first-time conviction of child endangerment in Hall County, the crime is considered a misdemeanor and you could face 12 months in jail and a $1,000 fine. A second-time offense is also a misdemeanor and carries penalties of 12 months in jail and fines of between $1,000 and $5,000. A third conviction is a felony offense that can have up to five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine.
As a Hall County DUI Attorney, I have experience handling driving under the influence and driving under the influence child endangerment charges. At the Law Office of Richard S. Lawson, we are dedicated to helping people stand up for their legal rights in court and fight their DUI and child endangerment charges. If you have recently been arrested for DUI or DUI child endangerment in Hall County, call our office today.