According to the Florida Highway Patrol, a Vero Beach, Florida woman, Blanca Idalia Juarez, had two children with her in her car when she lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a canal. She refused to perform a sobriety test at the scene, but is reported to have told officers that she had consumed four alcoholic beverages before getting behind the wheel.
The two children were taken to a nearby Florida hospital for treatment. Their mother was arrested and charged with one count of driving under the influence, two counts of child neglect and two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer.
Ms. Juarez will be entitled to representation on this criminal matter by a Public Defender or a private criminal defense lawyer. In most cases, the interview of a suspected drunk driving suspect is recorded on video tape. Regardless of this evidence, Ms. Juarez can defend herself on these charges and her statements at the scene. The failure to submit to a field sobriety test and / or breath test can be used in the criminal case as evidence along with the fact that there was an accident.
Children are subject to the will of their parents, and as such parents have the responsibility to carefully watch out for their children’s well-being. Consuming four alcoholic drinks and then getting behind the wheel with your young children is not a recipe for a good parenting award. It is fortunate that no one was seriously injured in this accident. You can read more details of Ms. Juarez’ arrest and the charges against her at Woman charged with DUI, child neglect after crash.