Florida Woman Charged With DUI And Eight Counts Of Child Neglect

Jacksonville’s citizens make mistakes at times; the legal system is aware that people are not perfect. Some people continue to make the same mistakes over and over again. A person in this situation will be looked at by the court as hopeless. However, if one in a situation like this obtains an experienced attorney to fight the case, one will have the best defense possible so that one may attempt to fix one’s problems and rise to a better future.

According to The Tampa Bay Times, Lawanda Lowery-Gale of Gainesville has been charged with a DUI, eight counts of child neglect, and driving on a suspended license. Lowery-Gale’s arrest came after she sideswiped another car with her van, containing herself and her eight children, ranging in age from ten months to fourteen years old. The police confirmed after a breath test that her Lowery-Gale’s blood alcohol level was 0.166. The legal limit in Florida is 0.08. imagesduiscotch.jpg

Drinking can seem to add fun to many activities, but when coupled with driving, drinking can lead to serious legal consequences. Being arrested for a DUI in Jacksonville can be very disadvantageous with the various legal penalties involved:

– license suspension/revocation
– DUI school enrollment
– up to 6 months in jail
– vehicle tow and impoundment
– ignition interlock installation and monthly access fees
– expensive court fines and fees
Not only are the legal penalties bad, but one’s reputation, career, and self-esteem can be severely affected by a DUI. Many people run the risk of losing their jobs simply by not using a designated driver.

The biggest tests that police will use are field sobriety tests and breath tests. If the breath test finds that one’s blood-alcohol level is above 0.8, the legal limit in Florida, that person can be charged with a DUI. If someone refuses the test, they will be taken to jail for the night just as if they had had a blood-alcohol level of 0.8 or higher; their license will also be suspended.

Florida has a 10-day rule, which says that if applies for a formal DMV hearing within 10 days, one or one’s lawyer can try to re-obtain your license before it is officially suspended. Many times, the DMV will issue a temporary license depending on the outcome of the hearing. If this hearing goes well, one’s license may not be suspended or revoked at all.

If one’s blood alcohol level is above 0.15, in Florida, that person must have an ignition interlock installation installed in their car.

The ignition interlock works basically the same way that a breathalyzer test works. The ignition interlock is attached to the vehicle itself. The person driving must have a low blood alcohol level to start the vehicle and may be required to give a sample of their blood-alcohol level while driving. These tests are expensive and a major hassle to everyone who has been charged with a DUI in Jacksonville.

In this case, it is easy to see that Lowery-Gale has issues with alcohol, driving, and child care that are more deeply-rooted than just a one-time occurrence ending in a sideswipe. Lowery-Gale may face harsh penalties from the court, including child custody being taken away, but her sentence could also be as lenient as going through an alcohol rehabilitation program, allowing her to be able to move on with her life as a new individual, rather than spending extra time locked away for a mistake.

One’s best advice is to never drive when one has consumed alcohol. One’s future may be at risk when one is charged with a DUI. One needs a knowledgeable and experienced Jacksonville DUI lawyer to fight the case. Don’t allow your life to be ruined by a DUI charge. Defend yourself.


The Forbess Law Firm has been aiding clients who face criminal charges in Jacksonville for years and is here to provide aggressive criminal defense to anyone accused of a crime. If you or a loved one requires a Jacksonville criminal defense lawyer, contact our firm today. We are available through our website or by calling us at 904-634-0900.

Additional Source: Woman, driving to a bar with eight children, arrested on DUI charge, police say, Times Editor, The Tampa Bay Times