After a night out with your family in the Mission District of San Francisco, where you had too much to drink at dinner, you are stopped by a San Francisco police officer. The embarassment of being arrested for DUI in front of your family is humiliating. You get released the next day, and figure all you need to worry about is the DUI charge, and trying to keep your license at the DMV hearing.
Wrong. As any San Francisco DUI attorney can tell you, there are potential enhancements and additional charges that can come out of that family night out. The most serious is a misdemeanor child endangerment charge. You were driving, under the influence, with your young chidren in the car with you. This can add jail time and fines to your DUI charge. It potentially could involve the child welfare department, depending on the circumstances, and the blood alcohol level.
Obviously a DUI, and a loss of license privileges, will create even more problems for your family. In addition, potential jail time, enhanced by the child endangerment charge, will cause havoc for you and your family. While a good DUI attorney can work to reduce the impact of the child endangerment charge, including dismissal of the charge, it is something to keep in mind when you go out with your family, and consume alcohol.
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