Tamika Bailey, age 28, stands charged with driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol and two counts of child endangerment. The charges stem from an incident that occurred Friday, July 19, 2019.
Law enforcement officers were first made aware of Bailey's actions after a witness called in to report a female who was possibly under the influence that was driving recklessly in Aiken, GA on Whiskey Road. Her alleged reckless driving occurred as she was traveling south on the road, and immediately before she turned into a Kroger parking lot.
According to the witness, Bailey entered the Kroger parking lot, and then made several attempts to park in one of the parking spaces. When officers arrived, they noticed Bailey stumbling while she was being escorted out of the Kroger store along with her two young kids.
She was asked if she had consumed any alcohol that day, to which she replied that she had consumed two margaritas mixed with tequila two hours prior to the incident. Bailey performed multiple field sobriety tests and failed them. She was then arrested and transported to the Aiken County detention center to be booked.
The children were handed over to Bailey's sister, who took custody of the children. While waiting on Bailey's sister to arrive, one of the officers attempted to change a diaper on a child but noticed a bottle of New Amsterdam Vodka in the diaper bag, yet there were no diapers.
If you or someone you care about has been charged with DUI or child endangerment, an experienced Georgia DUI attorney is here to defend your case and protect your constitutional rights.
Child Endangerment and DUI in Georgia
When children are involved in a DUI charge, the penalties quickly get more serious. Georgia law and prosecutors tend to come down hard on those who were intoxicated with children in the car. However, with experienced legal help, you can make sure you defend your case and your legal rights.
For every child under the age of 14 in the car, an additional DUI is placed against you. This means that even if you have never before been convicted of a DUI, this one incident could result in multiple DUI charges and may even rise to the level of a felony.
This possibility of multiple offenses can be especially dangerous to your rights. You could face much higher jail or prison terms, higher fines, and a more serious suspension or revocation of your Georgia driver's license. You can fight against the worst of these possibilities with the help of an experienced DUI lawyer.
Consult an Experienced Georgia DUI Attorney
A charge of DUI child endangerment alongside your underlying DUI charge can result in extremely serious penalties if you do not defend your case. You have rights, and there are defenses available to help protect yours. You do not have to face this difficult process alone.