What happens if you get an OWI with a child in the car?
If a person is charged with operating while intoxicated with a child in the car, they face the operating while intoxicated charge. Then on top of that, they have the potential of being charged with, child endangerment or neglect of a dependent person. Neglect of a dependent person can be punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The charge goes from operating while intoxicated, say first offense where the maximum punishment is up to one year in jail. But because a child is in the car, now the individual is looking it at up to 10 years in prison. This is a very serious situation. It requires immediate attention and requires an aggressive relentless defense.