Child Endangerment While DUI

Melanie’s Law created a new offense called Child Endangerment While DUI. If you operate a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol with a child 14 years of age or younger in the vehicle with you, you can be charged with both DUI and Child Endangerment While DUI. Child Endangerment While DUI carries these additional penalties:

  • 90 days – 2 ½ years imprisonment, $1000 - $5000 fine, and 1 year license suspension (1st offense)
  • 6 months – 2 ½ years imprisonment and a fine of $5000 - $10,000 or 3 – 5 years in state prison; 3 year license suspension (2nd offense)

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