Mother with boy in car charged with DUI, other offenses

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Anger mixed with alcohol often drives individuals to commit acts that they would avoid if neither of these ingredients were present. A Florida woman is now facing a number of criminal charges because she allegedly let alcohol and anger get the better of her.

The incident began when the suspect smashed into four cars on Interstate 4 just east of Tampa. According to police, the woman got out of her car and began acting "erratically and disturbed," even though the specific behavior was not described. The woman also allegedly allowed her 2-year-old son to wander toward traffic on the highway. Meanwhile, she began urinating on the side of the road. Police also claim that the woman tried to kick one of them as she was being handcuffed.

The defendant was jailed, and the boy was taken into custody by Child Protective Services. Police have charged the woman with DUI, child neglect, leaving the scene of a crash and battery against a police officer. The woman remains in jail while she awaits her preliminary hearing. As with many DUI arrests, the suspect in this case appears to have made her situation worse by failing to cooperate with police. Even people who are convinced of their innocence would do well to cooperate with law enforcement officers.

The presence of the young boy in the car makes the charges potentially more serious. Anyone facing similar charges may wish to consult an experienced criminal defense attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer may be able to suggest effective defense strategies, negotiate the terms of a favorable plea agreement with the prosecutor or take the case to trial, if necessary.

Source: Fox 35, "Florida mom accused of DUI, crashes car with son, 2, inside," Jan. 11, 2018

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