Georgia DUI Child Endangerment
In Georgia, any person who is charged with DUI while a child under the age of 14 is a passenger in the vehicle will also be charged with the separate offense of endangering a child. You will be charged with one count of child endangerment for each child under the age of 14 present in your vehicle at the time of arrest.
The maximum penalty for a first or second DUI Child Endangerment misdemeanor conviction in Georgia is 12 months incarceration and a $1,000.00 fine plus court surcharges. A third or subsequent conviction will be a felony and is punishable by incarceration for one to three years and a fine of $1,000.00 to $5,000.00 plus court surcharges.
Georgia DUI Child Endangerment is considered a separate DUI offense. This means that if you are arrested for DUI while a child under the age of 14 is a passenger in your vehicle you will be charged with two separate DUI offenses and will be facing increased penalties including jail time and a significantly longer license suspension with no limited use permit.
Even if you have never before been charged with a crime, if you are arrested for DUI while three children under the age of 14 are riding with you, you will be charged with three separate DUI offenses and you will be guilty of a felony. Further, you will be declared a habitual violator and your driver’s license will be revoked for five years.
After two years, you may apply for a probationary driver’s license for up to three years if you meet certain conditions and you would suffer extreme hardship if the probationary license were not issued. Certain restrictions can be placed on your use of the probationary license such as specific places you can travel to and from, routes you are allowed to travel, times of travel, and the specific vehicles you are allowed to operate.