In Oklahoma, being arrested for driving while intoxicated can have a profound impact on a person's life. A DUI charge may mean automatic suspension of one's driver's license, and a conviction can have drastic and long-lasting personal repercussions. A person may even face serious consequences within one's family if accused of drunk driving.
Recently, a police officer reported seeing a car driving on the wrong side of the road around 11 p.m. one night. When the officer pulled the car over, he allegedly smelled alcohol on the driver's breath and body. The 31-year-old woman also apparently slurred her speech. Police say her eyes were bloodshot, and she was unable to stand steadily. The officer's report says that the woman told him she had consumed four alcoholic drinks in the previous two hours.
The woman allegedly had her two children in the car. One child was in the front passenger seat, and the other rode in the back. Neither child was wearing a safety belt.
After administering two sobriety tests to the woman, police determined her blood-alcohol level to be over .20. Oklahoma law states that a reading of .08 or more is legal intoxication. The woman was arrested and charged with aggravated DUI and multiple counts of child endangerment, as well as numerous traffic violations. She was held on a $52,270 bond.
The child endangerment charges mean that, in addition to possible jail time and fines, the woman's parental rights may now be in jeopardy if she is convicted. The woman may have used questionable judgment by putting her children in the car while she was allegedly intoxicated, but she still has rights to be defended. Her attorney will likely work to have the charges reduced, especially if this is her first drunk driving offense.
Source: tulsaworld.com, "Tulsa woman arrested for allegedly driving under influence with kids in car", Paris Burris, Oct. 23, 2016