DUI With Children in the Car Elevates the Charges

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DUI With Children in the Car Elevates the Charges

Jacksonville DUI defense attorney Malcolm Anthony represents Florida drivers that have been wrongly accused of DUI or have been the victim of overzealous police tactics or incompetent or poorly trained police officers. If you have been arrested and charged with DUI in Florida, call Malcolm Anthony today.

Rectently 36-year old Kristen Griffin from Fernandina Beach was arrested and charged with DUI with children in the car and possession of a controlled substance after crashing her car into a ditch on S.R. 200, and Oniel-Scott Road in Jacksonville. Police officers say they found the two children in the front seat of the car. After opting to be taken to the hospital officials allegedly found Xanax on her hospital bed. It is unclear when or even if Ms. Griffin was read her rights or even if she was in the car when it was initially found by the police.

Officers stated that Griffin’s speech was slurred and was unsteady on her feet when questioned by police. Officers stated that they had to ask her to remove her driver’s license from her bag ten times.

Studies have shown that over 2300 children were killed in car accidents that involved DWI from 2001-2010. 65% of the children were traveling with their parents. 30% of the time the children were not properly restrained in a protective car seat or were not wearing a seat belt.

The penalties for first-time DUI offenders with children in the car are severe. Being convicted of DUI when there are children under the age of 18 in the car is classified as aggravated DUI. If convicted Griffin could receive a one-year jail sentence, fines up to $2000, and a 180 day minimum driver’s license suspension. A person convicted of aggravated DUI may also be required to place an ignition interlock device on their vehicle for up to six months.

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