Studies by the CDC in 2011 showed that more than one third of all child passengers in a vehicle were not buckled up, and more than six hundred thousand children rode without a booster seat or car seat part of the year. Although the fatalities were far less, almost one hundred fifty thousand kids were severely injured. Regardless of these scary facts, there are some scarier legal issues if you do not use a booster seat with your older child.
Facing Charges of Reckless Endangerment
Even if you do not get in a car accident and you are pulled over by a police officer, you could be facing charges of reckless endangerment of a child. You could be arrested on the spot, and your children could be handed over to social services who would place them in foster care if there is no other adult at home to look after them. While you are processed and arraigned, you would not be allowed to see your children. Depending on how a judge views your case, you may or may not be allowed supervised visits after your hearing.
Tickets and Fines
If all you walk away with is a ticket or fine for not having a booster seat for your child, you could be looking at ten to five hundred dollars, depending on the state in which you live. These fines are just for
Adult Court and Juvenile Court Fees
Undoubtedly, your children would have a guardian ad litem assigned to your case to protect them and represent them in juvenile court. You would have to go to juvenile court to argue that you need some sort of help caring for your children, and that is why you neglected to have them buckled into safety seats. You would be charged court fees for the guardian ad litem, as well as the juvenile court lawyer and the legal fees for your own case in adult court.
One Error in Judgement Should Not Define You
With all of the horrific things that could go wrong