If a police officer has reason to believe that you are driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, they can arrest you on DUI charges. However, DUI charges may not be the only charges you face. A driver charged with drunk driving may face additional charges, depending on the circumstances surrounding the arrest. For example, a Pennsylvania man was recently charged with a DUI, and is also facing four counts of endangering the welfare of children and recklessly endangering another person after a rollover accident.
The man apparently was driving a vehicle with multiple passengers, including four children, when he crashed his car and it rolled over on its side. The man allegedly told officers that he was drinking tequila before driving. A man in a nearby house helped pull the children out of the vehicle and they were taken to a nearby hospital for head pain.
If you are charged with a DUI and there were children under the age of 18 in the car with you at the time of your arrest, it is likely you will also face charges for intentionally putting the child at risk for injury or death. According to Va. Code Sec. 18-2-270, this charge may result in a $500 to $1,000 fine and a mandatory minimum of five days in jail.
Whether you are facing a standard DUI charge or are facing DUI charges along with additional charges, it is important to understand the criminal defense options in your case. An attorney can attempt to help you put together a case in your favor to ensure that your rights are protected throughout the criminal justice process.