Because of the potential dangers involved when a driver is impaired, the courts in Tennessee and other states typically impose harsher penalties after a conviction if children were involved in a DUI incident. In fact, in some situations, a simple DUI can quickly become a felony if a minor was in the vehicle. One local man was fortunate to have avoided an accident, but he now faces drunk driving charges complicated by the presence of his child in the vehicle.
A witness reported having to stop suddenly in an intersection to avoid colliding with another vehicle. The 45-year-old driver of the other car apparently did not yield at the flashing red lights and narrowly missed striking the the first car. Police say when they stopped the man, they noticed classic symptoms of a driver under the influence, apparently including an overpowering odor of alcohol.
According to police reports, the man confessed to having consumed alcohol and drugs. Records indicate the man's license had been suspended and that police recovered a stolen handgun from the man's vehicle. Most disturbing of all was the presence of the man's 1-year-old daughter in the back seat of the car.
The fact that a toddler was in the car resulted in an additional charge of child endangerment to the lengthy list of counts against the man. In addition to the drunk driving offense, he faces counts for theft and driving after his Tennessee license had been suspended. In situations like these, people facing criminal charges would certainly have an advantage by seeking the counsel of a dedicated defense attorney who will work to obtain the best possible outcome given the circumstances.
Source: fox17.com, "Nashville dad admits to drinking, drug use while driving with toddler", Sept. 7, 2017