A man from South Carolina has just been charged with Felony DUI and Child Endangerment when an early Saturday Crash took the life of a 29-year-old North Charleston Female.
The deceased female was a passenger of the defendant’s vehicle. and was injured around 9:15 a.m., when the car they were in struck a tree while travelling eastbound on the infamous I-26 around the 204 mark.
The female passenger did not die on the scene, but was rushed to a hospital where she was there pronounced dead.
The Child Endangerment comes into play where her two minor children were also rising in the vehicle, ages 3 and infant respectfully. They were all taken to the Medical University of South Carolina for treatment.
The 3-year-old was not properly retrained in a car seat as stated by law, and was ejected from the seat at the time of the accident.
Thusly, the man from North Charleston has just been charged with Felony DUI and Child Endangerment when an early Saturday Crash took the life of a 29-year-old North Charleston Female. His bond is listed currently at $95,000.
According to the South Carolina statute, as well as the SCDOT, a person who recieves a DUI conviction will additoanlly have their sentence enhanced when child endangerment is involved.
So what is child endangerment when it comes to DUIs?
The South Carolina State Statute states in part that “child endangerment is when ” a person who is over 18 years of age and operates a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs with one or more passengers under the age of 16 in the car when the violation occurs will be guilty of child endangerment.” S.C. Gen. Stat. 56-5-2947
The sentence for driving a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol or drugs with a child under the age of 16 in the vehicle can yield the following results: a fine of up to 1/2 of the DUI charge, imprisonment of up to ½ of the maximum jail time for the DUI charge, or having one’s license suspension of 60 days where there is no option to apply for a provisional license or enroll in an Alcohol Safety Class to have your charge lowered.
If you have been charged with a DUI or child endangerment in South Carolina, contact the law offices of Reeves, Aiken, and Hightower, LLP toll-free at 877-374-5999 for more information on how we can help you with your case.