On Sunday October 12, a Saratoga Springs, NY man was arrested just after 10:30 p.m. for allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol. According to a news article at WCAX, Stephen Jenkins was pulled over by police after he was noticed driving in an erratic manner on Interstate 87 in Queensbury.
The news article claims that Jenkins’ blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was more than twice the legal limit of .08%. Jenkins also had a child in the vehicle with him at the time, and was placed in police custody awaiting arraignment on charges of felony aggravated DWI and a misdemeanor count of endangering the welfare of a child.
In Michigan, anyone who operates a vehicle with a blood alcohol content of .17% or higher will face a Super Drunk OWI charge, also referred to as high BAC. The Super Drunk law applies only to those who are first time offenders, or who have not been convicted of DUI within the previous seven years. If convicted of Super Drunk driving, the penalties an individual may face include fines of up to $700, driver’s license suspension for 45 days, followed by 320 days of restricted driving, up to 6 months (180 days) in jail, possible community service, and more.
Being arrested for DUI with a child in the vehicle is extremely serious. Child endangerment charges could result in up to one year in jail, driver’s license suspension, up to $1,000 in fines, vehicle immobilization, and other penalties.
The fact is, anyone who has been charged with DUI and child endangerment or Super Drunk driving should consult with a highly skilled and aggressive Michigan DUI defense attorney immediately. Your freedom, future, and driving privileges are at risk, not to mention your career and reputation. Take action now so that your attorney can begin work to protect your legal rights and freedom.