Texas DWI Defense Attorney Talks about DWI with Child Passengers

Recently, a woman was arrested for DWI in Corpus Christi when her vehicle was found at a stop sign. Other drivers had called the police after they stopped behind the car and it did not move through the intersection. When law enforcement officers approached the vehicle, they found the woman passed out in her vehicle. Her seven year old daughter was sitting in the back seat of the car. The woman was arrested, and she was charged with driving while intoxicated with a child passenger, as well as the additional offense of possession of a controlled substance because a pill had been found in her vehicle.

If you are a parent or if you ever transport children in your vehicle, please know that DWI with a child passenger is a different and more serious offense than a simple DWI charge. If you are arrested for DWI and there are one or more passengers under the age of fifteen in your vehicle, you will be charged with the offense of DWI with a child passenger. In Texas, the penalties for DWI with a child passenger include a sentence of between one hundred and eighty days and two years in a state jail and a fine of up to ten thousand dollars. There are also other possible consequences associated with this offense if you are convicted, including loss of voting rights, inability to hold public office, ineligibility for certain types of government assistance, restriction in or disqualification from certain professions, and the loss of your gun possession and ownership rights.

As serious as the penalties and consequences for DWI with a child passenger may seem, the impact of a DWI with a child passenger can extend even further into your life and the life of your family. Many people who are convicted of DWI with a child passenger find that the consequences that are the most difficult to bear are those that affect their home life. The Texas Department of Family and Protective Services can remove children from the custody of anyone who is arrested for DWI with a child passenger. This can have devastating impacts on the entire family. When children go into the custody of the Department of Family and Protective Services, even on a temporary basis, each person in the family can experience trauma that is difficult to heal. In some situations, the child or children can be released into the care of a family member, which may be less disruptive but at the same time still frightening and upsetting for the children and for everyone in the family. Unfortunately, many families who are separated by the Department of Family and Protective Services face a long and difficult road to reunification with their loved ones. The Department can also pursue a child endangerment case against any driver who is charged with DWI with a child passenger

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit – Support for DWI Defendants

The offense of DWI with a child passenger is a serious offense with far-reaching consequences. If you are charged with this offense, you need knowledgeable and experienced counsel to support you every step of the way. Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, has been providing high quality DWI defense services to his clients in the Dallas area for over thirty years. Call Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit today at 214-521-4567, to learn more about how he may be able to help you.


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