In Mississippi, there is the offense of child endangerment pursuant to DUI. This is a separate offense from the underlying drunk driving charge, and carries its own set of punishment.
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In order for a driver to be charged with this offense, there must be a child under the age of 16 while the driver is under the influence of alcohol or any other substance which has impaired the driver’s ability to operate a motor vehicle. A first offense which does not result in serious injury or death of the child is a misdemeanor, and can carry a fine of either up to $1000 or up to 12 months in jail, or both.
A second offense which does not result in serious injury or death to the child carries a fine of between $1000-$5000, a year in jail, or both. A third offense which does not result in death or serious injury to the child is a felony with a fine of up to $10,000, 1-5 years in jail, or both.
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A child endangerment charge in which the child suffered serious injury or death, regardless of it being a first, second or third offense, is a felony and is punished with a fine of at least $10,000 and jail time of five to 25 years.
DUI child endangerment charges in Mississippi are serious cases. If you’re facing one of these call Southaven DUI lawyer Patrick Stegall at (901) 205-9894 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.