A nanny in Alpharetta was arrested in May after causing a four-car pileup on Old Milton Parkway. Sarah Kime was slurring her words and unsteady on her feet when Alpharetta police arrived at the scene at 9:45 am, and investigators found the young girl that Kime nannied in the backseat of her car. When the police returned the 6-year-old to her parents, the father told police he noticed that some of the family's vodka was missing.
“She was actually the nanny and she was under the influence at 9:45 in the morning,” Officer Dana Mullins told Channel 2 Action News. “You're putting not only the child in danger, yourself in danger, but everyone else that's driving on the roadway. It's not something you should be doing, especially with a child in the car.”
Kime bonded out of jail and has a court appearance this month for her charges of Driving Under the Influence and Driving Under the Influence Child Endangerment.
In today's post, I will be discussing how a DUI Child Endangerment in Roswell Alpharetta is different than a typical DUI charge.
DUI Child Endangerment in Roswell Alpharetta
As a Roswell Alpharetta DUI Lawyer, I frequently handle DUI child endangerment cases. What many people don't realize is that when you receive a DUI with a child under the age of 14 in the car, you will receive an additional DUI charge for each child. As you can tell, the consequences of DUI child endangerment are serious – you could even potentially lose custody of your child. While a DUI conviction already carries high penalties, when a child is involved and endangered, the consequences become even more severe.
Georgia Law mandates that the offense of child endangerment can never be combined with a charge of driving under the influence – they must be charged separately for the purposes of sentencing and prosecuting. This means that you may be facing more jail time, greater fines, probation, and a license suspension for each charge of DUI in Roswell Alpharetta.
The first and second child endangerment convictions in Georgia will be considered misdemeanors. The third, however, will be a felony. You could face the following penalties if convicted of child endangerment:
• First offense: 12 months in jail and a $1000 fine
• Second offense: 12 months in jail and fines costing between $1,000 to $5,000
• Third offense: Up to five years imprisonment and a $10,000 fine
As a Roswell Alpharetta DUI Attorney, I understand that driving under the influence and child endangerment are serious crimes.
At the Law Office of Richard S. Lawson, we also know that convicting innocent people of crimes that they did not commit is wrong. That is why we are dedicated to helping people stand up for their legal rights in court and fight their DUI and child endangerment charges.
If you have been charged with a DUI or DUI Child Endangerment in Roswell or Alpharetta, call our office today.