Coral Springs Woman Faces Criminal Charges For Driving Drunk With Seven Children In The Car
Driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal offense, and if you get accused of driving drunk, you should definitely hire a criminal defense lawyer. Refusing to provide a breath sample can make the situation worse, although the police cannot force you to provide a breath sample if you refuse. As for the severity of the consequences you can face for DUI, it depends on many different factors; no two DUI cases are alike. It depends on whether your blood alcohol content (BAC) was just slightly above the legal limit of 0.08 percent or whether it was much higher. Another factor depends on whether you have had any previous DUI convictions. The most important factor, however, is whether you cause an accident and whether the accident causes injuries. Even a DUI conviction when you are only slightly drunk and when you do not cause an accident leads to a permanent record of a criminal conviction, as well as temporary suspension of your driver’s license. If you got pulled over on suspicion of drunk driving, contact a West Palm Beach license reinstatement lawyer.
Mother Charged With DUI and Child Neglect
In April 2023, police pulled over Miazoti Ann White, 38, while she was driving in Coconut Creek; her BAC was above the legal limit at the time of the traffic stop, and there were three children in the car with her. The traffic stop resulted in a suspension of White’s license.
The following month, White was driving in Coral Springs, where she lives, when police pulled her over again, either because she made a driving mistake that caused them to suspect that she was drunk or because they recognized her license plate as belonging to a driver whose license was suspended. At the time of this traffic stop, there were seven children in the car, ranging in age from three to six. The car is only designed to hold five child passengers plus the driver. According to the NBC News website, all of the children were unrestrained. This could mean that they were not wearing seatbelts, or it could mean that they were wearing seatbelts but did not have age-appropriate safety seats. The NBC News site did not give many details about the injuries the children suffered, except to say that one girl had a bleeding cut on her forehead. It appears that none of the occupants of the car suffered injuries that required hospitalization.
White faces seven charges for counts each of child neglect and DUI while accompanied by a minor child. She also faces one count each of DUI with property damage, driving with a suspended license, driving on the wrong side of a roadway, and not providing child restraints.
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