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Mother Charged with DUI After Leaving Son in Car

A Florida mom has been charged with DUI and child neglect after police say she left her child in her car for four hours while she spent time at a bar.

The woman allegedly left her 8-year old son in her Mercedes while she was inside the bar drinking and socializing with friends. Witnesses note that the boy had gone into the bar several times throughout the night in order to find his mother. The mother left the bar at 3:00 in the morning.

When the mother went to leave, she backed into two cars and attempted to flee the scene. When law enforcement arrived on the scene, a crowd had gathered at the scene. The woman was impaired with a blood alcohol limit of 0.177. The legal limit to drive in Florida is 0.08.

Impaired Mother to Face Serious Consequences

The boy was released to a guardian and the mother was taken to jail on a $10,500 bond.

The judge addressing the case ruled:

  • The woman is prohibited from imbibing any alcohol until the resolution of her case; and
  • The woman is unable to have any contact with her son unless it is approved by social workers or accompanied by a court order.

The woman is facing dual criminal charges and potentially could lose custody of her son. In cases such as this one, a legal team with over two decades of experience can help build a strong defense. Thomas & Paulk is led by experienced criminal and DUI defense attorneys that can help navigate the murky waters of DUI convictions.

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