DUI with a Child Passenger
Judges and prosecutors in Tampa, Hillsborough County, FL, take very seriously an allegation that a person driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol drove while a minor child was present in the vehicle.
Under Florida law, enhanced penalties apply to the minimum mandatory statutory requirements. Contact an experienced Tampa DUI lawyer in Tampa, Hillsborough County, to discuss any DUI charge involving a minor in the vehicle.
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Penalties for a DUI with a Minor Passenger
Under Florida Statute Section 316.193, the Court must impose the following enhanced penalties if a minor child was present in the vehicle at the time the person arrested was driving or in actual physical control of the vehicle:
- First DUI Conviction - if a minor was in the vehicle, the ignition interlock device is required for six (6) months; and
- Second DUI - if a minor was in the vehicle, the ignition interlock device is required for at least 24 months.
Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol is a particularly serious accusation especially when law enforcement alleges that a child was present in the vehicle.
Find out more about how this allegation can affect every aspect of the case, including the required enhanced penalties that must be imposed by the court unless you avoid the DUI conviction.
Contact an experienced criminal defense attorney at the Sammis Law Firm to discuss your DUI cases in Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida, involving DUI with a minor child in the vehicle. Call 813-250-0500 today.
This article was last updated on Thursday, January 4, 2018.