A Pennsylvania mother is under arrest and faces several charges including drunk driving and child endangerment, for driving under the influence of alcohol with her child in the car.
Heather Young was on her way to an apartment where she had plans of taking part in an orgy. With her was her seven-year-old child at the time. She was drunk at the time of driving to the apartment, and when an argument erupted at the apartment, police were called to the scene. She now faces charges of DUI, reckless endangerment, assault, indecent exposure, and a number of other charges.
Charges of driving under the influence are serious enough, but when those charges also involve having a minor in the car while you're driving, you are at risk of having more severe charges filed against you.
If you are arrested for DUI while you had a minor in the car with you, you are likely to be faced with charges of violating California's child endangerment laws. You may be charged either with a misdemeanor or felony. If you are convicted of a misdemeanor child endangerment charge, you can be sentenced to up to one year in jail, while for a felony conviction, you are looking at a possible term of six years in state prison.
Child endangerment charges can apply anytime that a child’s health or safety is at risk. You don’t have necessarily have to be involved in a drunk driving accident while driving under the influence with a child in your car to face child endangerment charges.
If you have been arrested for DUI while you had a minor in the car with you, you face possibly serious charges. Speak to a Los Angeles DUI lawyer about your options for defense.