Under Massachusetts law, if you are arrested for drunk driving and you have a child 14 years or younger in the vehicle, there is a separate charge that the police can pursue with enhanced penalties. In these circumstances, the police can bring an allegation of child endangerment while operating under the influence, pursuant to M.G.L. c. 90 s. 24V.
The penalty for a first offense violation of this section is a fine of not less than $1,000 nor more than $5,000 and by imprisonment in the house of correction for not less than 90 days nor more than 2 1/2 years. There is also a license loss of 1 year for a first offense violation of this law. Additionally, the penalty for a violation of the child endangerment statute has to be served on and after the underlying penalty for the drunk driving charge.
As a result, if you are facing a child endangerment while operating under the influence charge, contact a skilled and experienced drunk driving attorney who will fight for you. Don’t hesitate, make a call or send an email today.