Whenever you drive impaired you are placing everyone on the road in danger. Every impaired driving law recognizes this risk and the welfare of other motorists are taken into consideration when assigning the penalties for your illegal actions. If you are endangering a child in a vehicle you are operating while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, the penalties as proportionately more severe. You are responsible for the proper care of the child in the vehicle and by driving impaired you have chosen to recklessly put them in a life-threatening situation.
As reported by the Canadian Press, “young or new drivers with alcohol in their systems will have their cars seized at the roadside. The same will happen with any drivers having a blood alcohol content between .08 and .15 or with those who refuse a test.”
In Regina the courts take being charged with a DUI with a child in the vehicle very seriously. Consider the penalty for impaired driving causing bodily harm under Section 255(2), everyone who commits an offence under paragraph 253(1)(a) and causes bodily harm to another person as a result is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for a term of not more than 10-years.
And, in the event that the child is killed by your actions, you need to be aware that under impaired driving causing death, section 255(3), everyone who commits an offence under paragraph 253(1)(a) and causes the death of another person as a result is guilty of an indictable offence and liable to imprisonment for life.
Impaired Driving with a Minor in the Vehicle
As presented above, the consequences are dire and immediate. If you have been charged with impaired driving with a minor (child) in the vehicle you must retain our DUI defense lawyers today. The court needs to understand that you are not a criminal. At the Law Office of Regina Criminal Lawyers we know you didn’t intend to cause harm but you need a qualified legal council to present you case. Contact us immediately.