Have you been charged with the aggravated charge of DWI with a child passenger? All DWI charges are serious but having a child passenger can result in enhanced penalties. If you are facing charges, you need the legal assistance of a highly qualified criminal defense attorney who understands the nuances of DWI laws in Texas.
At LaHood Norton Law Group, you will find an experienced team of former prosecutors with extensive professional training. Two of our attorneys are even Board-Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, which means they are distinguished by their demonstrated level of specialized competence in their field.
Operating a motor vehicle while intoxicated with a minor as a passenger is outlined in the Texas Penal Code in Section 49.045. Under this law, a minor is anyone under the age of 15. This offense is charged as a state jail felony.
You can be arrested for this crime if you are found driving in a public place with a minor passenger while your blood alcohol concentration measures .08% or higher, or if law enforcement decides you do not have normal mental or physical faculties due to the consumption of alcohol and/or drugs.
In Texas, the penalties may include:
Depending on the circumstances, you could also be charged with child endangerment.
The accomplished legal team at LaHood Norton Law Group is here to protect your legal rights while working diligently to help you seek a favorable outcome. Because of the severe consequences of this DWI charge, you should not skimp on the quality of your legal representation. We offer a free consultation to help you get started.