Under Michigan law, it is not legal for a person to operate a vehicle when their blood alcohol content (BAC) is .08% or higher. If there is a child under the age of 16 in the car, a person will be facing charges for DUI Child Endangerment. If you have been arrested for DUI child endangerment, you need the help of an experienced criminal defense lawyer to help you get the best results possible. Driving drunk with a child in your car makes your case harder to handle for your attorney and also causes you to face more serious charges and punishments.
DUI Law and Child Endangerment
You may drive legally under Michigan law when you have been drinking if you are 21 years old, your BAC while driving is under .08% and while driving you do not show any signs of being impaired by alcohol. If a person driving is under the age of 21, Michigan has a zero tolerance policy. This simply means that there can be no signs of alcohol in your system. Michigan law has one exception. A person under the age of 21 can have a BAC of under .02% if the alcohol in their system was consumed because of a religious ceremony.
What is the Punishment for DUI Child Endangerment?
A person who is convicted of a first offense DUI Child endangerment will be guilty of a misdemeanor. The fines range from $200 to $1,000 dollars. A person can expect to be sentenced to five days to one year in jail. This person will also have to complete 30 to 90 days of community service. Attorney Shawn Haff of The Criminal Defense Law Center of West Michigan will fight for your rights to your case can get the best possible outcome. If you are facing a felony charge of DUI Child Endangerment, a person can expect to face fines of $500 to $5,000 dollars. You can also face up to 5 years in jail and 60 to 180 of community service.
If you are facing this criminal charge, be it a misdemeanor or a felony version of the charge, call Shawn now at 616-438-6719. The call is free, will you be?
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