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DUI Mom Arrested with Son in Car

Did you know that if you are arrested for a DUI with a child in the car in the state of Ohio, you can also be charged with child endangerment? According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, of a passenger in the car is under the age of 18 at the time of an arrest, then the adult driver can be sent to prison for up to 6 months and issued up to $1,000 in fines. If that child is harmed in the accident and suffers a serious injury, then the drive can be sentenced 6-12 months in prison and a $2,500 fine. When an adult is arrested for a subsequent DUI, or the child is seriously injured and the driver has had previous convictions, then it can result in 6-18 months in prison and as many as $5,000 in fines. The driver may also be force to serve up to 200 hours in community service and have his or her license suspended for up to 90 days.

These convictions will be served on top of the driver’s DUI sentences. When all sentences are combined, a drive can spend well over a year in prison because of driving with a child in the car. That is why Vonda Hunter, a 33-year-old mom, is terrified of her future. Hunter is a Lorian local who was hauled off to jail when she was pulled over and charged with a DUI. Her 9-year-old son was in the car and watched the entire exchange. The police say that Hunter already as DUIs on her record. She was originally pulled over because of improper passing on the shoulder. She now has been charged with child endangerment and driving under the influence in addition to her traffic infraction.

Hunter originally denied that she drank any alcohol the night she was arrested, but eventually confessed that she had had a margarita the night she was arrested. The police reports state that she spritzed herself with perfume and started smoking a cigarette to get rid of the alcoholic odor on her breath. She was issued a breathalyzer test and registered at a .24 BAC. If you have been charged with a DUI that is accompanied by child endangerment, then you will want to contact a DUI lawyer right away to get help fighting your charges.

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