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Possible DUI charge as mom drives into swamp and endangers child

California drivers have to ensure the safety of children in their vehicles. A driver who fails to restrain children securely on the rear seat may face child endangerment charges, which can be considered a felony if the driver also faces a DUI charge. A mother from San Francisco was recently arrested after allegedly driving while intoxicated and endangering the life of her 7-year-old son.

A police officer was driving along a San Rafael road on a recent Tuesday afternoon when he noticed a car partially submerged in a swamp of muddy water. A witness described seeing the driver apparently failing to control her speeding vehicle and driving into the swamp. The officer called for help, but managed to extricate both occupants from the vehicle.

A field sobriety test apparently indicated that the mother was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and she was taken into custody. Police described her condition as incoherent when they placed her in the police vehicle, where she passed out. Formal charges were said to be pending, but in addition to a DUI charge, the mother may be facing a felony child endangerment charge.

When a California driver faces a DUI charge, he or she will likely realize the negative consequences that a conviction can bring about. However, the accused individual has the right to have his or her rights protected in a court of law. Fair opportunity will be given to the accused driver to challenge the evidence that is offered by the prosecutors, along with an opportunity to pursue the minimizing of the impact of the charges. Only when prosecutors have proven every single charge according to the strict requirements of the justice system can a guilty verdict be obtained.

Source: ktvu.com, "San Francisco woman faces felony charges after alleged DUI crash", Christien Kafton, June 19, 2014

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