In March of this year, state authorities arrested a mother on charges of driving while intoxicated with a child younger than 15 years of age. A court indicted her of a state jail felony for the same charge on May 12th.
A $10,000 bond secured the woman’s release from jail the day following her arrest. However, the bond requirements prevent her from having any contact with her two young children.
The bond allowed the woman to get out of jail on the condition that she does not have any contact with the two young children, ages 3 and 1, who were in the car at the time of her arrest. This includes keeping a distance from locations that the children frequent, including their residence and school. It is not clear who has custody of the children at this time. An additional requirement of the bond is that the woman not drive except in a vehicle with a camera-equipped ignition interlock installed.
Blood search warrant
The initial traffic stop occurred due to speeding. Per the authorities’ report, the woman was driving in a 35-mph zone at a velocity of 59 miles per hour. Court documents indicate that authorities found the two young children in the vehicle upon the initial traffic stop.
Authorities believed the woman may have been under the influence based on field sobriety tests and observed confusion. They requested a blood sample for testing. When the woman refused to give a sample voluntarily, a judge issued a blood search warrant drawn at a nearby medical center.
Penalties if convicted
A state jail felony is the least severe type of felony in Texas, though still a serious crime. Possible penalties include suspension of driving privileges, a fine of $10,000 at most and incarceration in a state jail facility between six months’ and two years’ duration.