In the state of Pennsylvania, like many other states, it is illegal to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a child in the vehicle. This crime automatically elevates your criminal charge to a felony, and you can be charged with child endangerment, as well; this is a separate offense that carries its own set of penalties, many of which are more severe than a regular DUI charge that does not involve the presence of a minor child. At The Law Offices of Steven E. Kellis, we know what a tremendous impact any type of criminal conviction can have on your life and your ability to support your family. We have the knowledge and skills to effectively represent you as you face these charges, and provide you with the professional support that you will need throughout this difficult and stressful process.
Consequences of a Conviction
A criminal conviction can be devastating enough, especially if you are in a profession that requires you to drive for a living or commute by driving. Additionally, for some professionals, any type of criminal conviction can result in discipline, licensure issues, or even job loss. Many employers have enacted zero tolerance policies for employees who are convicted of DUI, which can lead to job loss, as well. Adding a conviction for child endangerment will only exacerbate the existing situation, and can result in unanticipated penalties. For instance, if you have a job in which you are required to care for children, you may not only lose your job, but you may no longer have the possibility of working in that field again. Jobs that are potentially impacted by such a conviction may include the following:
- Day care employees
- Bus drivers
- Sports coaches
If you are facing a criminal charge that involves child endangerment, you should engage the services of an experienced criminal defense attorney such as Steven E. Kellis. Otherwise, a conviction may negatively impact your professional and personal life forever.
Penalties for DWI with a Child in the Vehicle
Aside from the potential repercussions of a felony DUI and child endangerment conviction on your professional life, you are sure to experience additional severe penalties. You may receive a suspension of your driver’s license for an extended period of time, a potentially lengthy term of incarceration, and expensive fines, fees, and costs. As a result, it is essential that you consult with a skilled DUI child endangerment lawyer as quickly as possible following your arrest, so as to minimize the possible consequences in the event of a conviction.
Steven Kellis can fight to protect you and your family from the future implications of a DUI or child endangerment conviction. We can help safeguard your Constitutional rights, assert all possible defenses on your behalf, and work toward a quick and fair resolution of your case. Contact our office to schedule a free consultation with our qualified attorneys today and learn how we can help.