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While a DUI conviction in Ohio is already associated with lengthy jail sentences and costly fines, being charged with a DUI and child endangerment results in harsher penalties. Due to the irresponsible act of driving under the influence of alcohol while transporting children, judges and prosecutors will pursue this type of DUI case aggressively and without remorse.

If you are facing DUI Child Endangerment charges, our Butler County and Southwest Ohio DUI attorneys are qualified and skilled enough to obtain the outcome you desire. Whether it’s reducing the charges or having your case entirely dismissed, our legal team possesses a comprehensive understanding of state laws and court proceedings to help navigate through any complications you encounter in your case.

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DUI Child Endangerment Penalties

In Ohio, you can be charged with both DUI and child endangerment in the same case if the prosecution can prove that you drove under the influence while someone under 18 years of age was in your car.

Is Child Endangerment A Felony In Ohio?

DUI Child Endangerment is considered a first-degree misdemeanor, punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 180 days. However, if the child was injured and this is your second child endangerment conviction, then you may be charged with a fifth-degree felony, which has a punishable prison sentence between six to 12 months.

In some cases, the penalty can be elevated to a fourth-degree felony if the child suffers a serious bodily injury, such as a severe head or spine injury. A fourth-degree felony is punishable by a prison sentence between six and 18 months.

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At Meadows Law Firm, we understand that mistakes can occur. With over 45 years of combined legal experience, our Southwest Ohio criminal defense lawyers understand what it takes to pursue the justice you deserve by developing a solid and personalized defense strategy for your case. Let us fight for you today.

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