A San Francisco man received a two-year sentence in state prison after he pleaded no contest to a felony charge of child endangerment and a misdemeanor charge of drunk driving. According to the San Mateo County prosecutors, the man was pulled over by a California Highway Patrol officer on Jan. 26, 2016 at 4 p.m. on Highway 101 in Redwood City, Calif. He was observed driving well over the speed limit at 90 mph and weaving, and he was taken into custody for DUI.
Also present in the defendant's vehicle was his 18-month-old son. The child was in the back seat of the vehicle with his seat belt on and with the window down, but was not sitting in a child seat, which is mandatory.
The prosecutors had sought four years in state prison as punishment. However, a priorconviction was struck down, decreasing the sentence by two years. Additional restrictions for the defendant included no communication with his child. Although the court did not stipulate how long the non-contact order would remain in effect, the prosecutors stated that for child endangerment cases, it typically lasts for three years. Both the defendant's attorney and the prosecutor considered the sentence to be just.
A person who is facing charges of driving while intoxicated faces serious consequences if a conviction is obtained, even where there aren't other significant violations as there were here. Penalties can include jail time, hefty fines and the loss of driving privileges. As a result, people who are in this position may want to have legal representation when they are attempting to refute the allegations.