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DWI and Child Endangerment

The state of North Carolina increases the penalties associated with DWI convictions if a child younger than 16 years of age is in the vehicle at the time of the incident. These additional penalties can include some collateral consequences that may not directly affect a person’s criminal punishments but that can still have a major impact on a person’s life.

If you have been charged with a DWI that includes additional penalties for having a child present in your vehicle, there may be legal options available for your defense. To discuss your defense strategies further, contact Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black today at 919-600-4609.

Penalties for Having a Child Present in a Vehicle

The state of North Carolina can dole out additional punishment if a person convicted of DWI has a minor less than 16 years of age in their vehicle at the time of their arrest. If that individual is the child’s parent, there can be even harsher penalties for being arrested in these cases. The following may be brought against a parent convicted of these DWI charges:

  • Increased fines and imprisonment
  • Loss of custody rights
  • Additional criminal charges for child endangerment

These convictions may prove especially problematic as they can be paired with counts of child endangerment. This can significantly increase the overall punishments tied to a DWI.

Contact Us

If you are facing DWI charges, we may be able to help reduce your charges or possibly have them dismissed altogether. For more information regarding your legal rights as a defendant, contact Raleigh DWI lawyer Jim Black today by calling 919-600-4609.


"Jim, I just wanted to thank you again for everything you did for me. I am very happy about the outcome and would recommend you to anyone and everyone who has a DUI case. Two things that stuck out the most is your patience and honesty, you wanted the best for me and that was obvious."

The Law Office of Jim Black

5 West Hargett Street #310
Raleigh, NC 27601

Phone: (919) 600-4609
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