In Oklahoma, law enforcement and the courts take DUI charges seriously. In fact, when people are charged with drunk driving, they risk having their licenses suspended for 30 days or more if convicted. A driver suspected of being intoxicated may face even harsher penalties if a child is in the car. One local woman was recently arrested under these circumstances.
Around 3 p.m., police received a call about a woman who appeared to be intoxicated in a shopping center parking lot. The caller said the woman stumbled out of a store and fell, injuring her knee and elbow. One employee came out of the store and stayed with the woman until help arrived. When officers came on the scene, they found the woman to be staggering and holding onto her car to steady herself.
To make matters worse for the woman, her small granddaughter was in the back seat of the car. Oklahoma police say the woman told them she had stopped at a local bar for drinks before heading to pick up her other grandchild from school. Officers reported their concern that the woman was planning on driving into a school zone while she appeared to be unable to stand without support. Employees from the store contacted the parents of the children.
This grandmother has a lot at stake. It is possible that, in addition to the drunk driving offense, she may be charged with child endangerment. She will need a strategy to fight the allegations she faces. Her attorney will study the evidence and speak to witnesses to build a strong defense for her and protect her rights.
Source: kfor.com, "County Commissioner's wife arrested for DUI with child in the backseat of car", Lance West, Oct. 14, 2016