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In those DUI cases in which a person is driving while drunk with a minor child below the age of 14, he is exposing himself to not just charges of driving under the influence of alcohol, but also felony or misdemeanor charges of child endangerment.

Under California law, it is illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol anyway. However, when you are breaking the law, and also have a minor in your car with you, the charges against you are aggravated. You are eligible for charges of child endangerment to be filed against you. You don't have to be involved in an alcohol-related car accident for these charges to be filed against you.

The law will not look at your intentions while driving under the influence of alcohol, or any of the excuses that you provide for driving with a minor in your car while intoxicated. It will not even consider the effects of the results of your intoxicated driving. California law will only look at whether you had a child below the age of 14 in your car at the time that you were driving under the influence.

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The police conducted a traffic stop. The officer identified the driver as a 54-year-old San Carlos man who was reportedly driving on a suspended license for a prior California DUI conviction. Also in the vehicle were the driver's 43-year-old wife and four children ranging in age from two to eight. Law enforcement says the wife had a restraining order against the man.

San Mateo County prosecutors say that police found 14 empty beer cans and an empty bottle of rum scattered throughout the family van. Police asked the two adults to step out of the vehicle. Law enforcement says both adults had difficulty standing when they got out of the vehicle.

The driver reportedly had a blood alcohol level of .25 and the wife reportedly measured .24 BAC. Prosecutors say the family spent part of the day at Half Moon Bay. The parents reportedly drank while at the beach. One of the children reportedly told police that after the family left the beach, the driver pulled over on two occasions to drink more beer.

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