Drunk driving is bad enough, but drunk driving with kids? An offender's charges and penalties could be taken to a whole new level. This is what Ashok Kapoor, 47, is now waiting to hear back on, after being pulled over for driving drunk with three of his children in the backseat, Atlanta's WSB-TV reports.
It should go without saying that you should never drink and drive. But, if you're caught doing so with your kids in the car, a DUI may not be the only issue you'll have to deal with. Here's a general overview of driving drunk with kids in Georgia:
Child Endangerment and DUIs -- A Separate Offense
Child endangerment generally refers to any form of child abuse -- an act, or omission, that on the part of the parent results in harm of the child, or places the child in an imminent risk of harm. A DUI, on the other hand, generally refers to driving under the influence (above the legal Blood Alcohol Concentration (BAC) limit of 0.08 in Georgia).
Transporting a child while driving under the influence, however, is a separate charge altogether. Under Georgia state law, the act of driving under the influence while transporting a child under the age of 14 years old in their motor vehicle is guilty of a separate offense: endangering a child by driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
Penalties More Severe
If one is convicted of transporting a child under the age of 14 while driving drunk in Georgia, heavy sanctions may follow. In Georgia, a first or second offense can result in a misdemeanor conviction, imprisonment for up to a year, and a hefty fine (up to $1000). A third offense, however, could result in up to three years in prison and a felony conviction.
Regardless of the penalties, the biggest deterrence factor should be the safety and well-being of your child. Drinking and driving is bad enough, you don't want to put your vulnerable loved ones at risk as well.
If you are involved in a DUI incident with your kids, don't make matters worse. Make sure you contact a local, experienced DUI attorney today so that you can discuss your options.