A conviction for DUI may carry penalties that can affect a person's life for years. If the offense is not the driver's first, those penalties may be even more serious. However, facing a drunk driving charge with a minor in the vehicle will certainly lead to enhanced penalties if the driver is convicted. One Tennessee man is facing such a situation after a recent traffic incident.
A witness notified police of a possible road rage incident in which a driver was speeding and possibly attempting to hit another vehicle. After searching for the vehicle, police located it in the parking lot of a local business. The 31-year-old driver allegedly slurred his words when he responded to police questions. Police also reported that the man had red eyes and smelled of alcohol.
Law enforcement indicated that the driver failed routine field sobriety tests, and they took him into custody. When searching the vehicle, officers discovered a 9-year-old child asleep inside. Police say they also found an open container of alcohol. The presence of the child in his vehicle added a child abuse and neglect charge to the DUI and open container charges. The man was also apparently driving without insurance.
Although the man's charges include an added level of gravity, any drunk driving charge is serious and carries potentially heavy penalties. Facing these charges alone may mean forfeiting the chance for experienced advice and dedicated advocacy. Obtaining legal assistance from a Tennessee attorney will improve one's chances of a more positive outcome.
Source: newschannel5.com, "Man Arrested For DUI With Child In Vehicle", July 6, 2017