Florida criminal code has a special designation When children are found in the car of someone who is driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. DUI child neglect is a very serious Florida crime that when convicted carries serious consequences. Last Friday, August 4, 2017, Brittan Motter of Jacksonville was arrested for driving while under the influence of heroin. Motter’s car was still in drive when the police arrived to find her unconscious and unresponsive. In the back seat of the car were Motter 2 young toddlers. Motter has been charged with DUI child neglect and driving with a suspended license.
A recent study showed that the majority of children that are killed by drunk drivers are in the same vehicle as the drunk driver, not the vehicle driven by the innocent victim. “They (the study) found that 2,344 children younger than 15 years old died in 2,075 car crashes involving drunk drivers between 2001 and 2010.” For more information, please visit: http://www.reuters.com/article/us-child-death-drinking-driving-idUSKBN0DL0O320140505
The penalties for DUI Child Neglect are severe. For DUI with children under 18 in the vehicle, existing DUI penalties for a first offense are increased by fines of up to $2,000 and 9 months in jail. For multiple offenses, the penalties are increased by up to $4,000 and a year in jail.