Criminal Vehicular Operation and DWI charges now confront a Wisconsin mother of three children, as she is accused of wrecking the family van and injuring her children. She was allegedly driving drunk when she rolled the family van July 11, 2014 in a St. Paul DWI. The driver, Christal J. Luellen of New Richmond, Wisconsin, was charged with three counts of gross misdemeanor child endangerment, gross misdemeanor third degree DWI (DWI with a minor child as a passenger) and felony CVO (criminal vehicular operation) for allegedly driving drunk and injuring another person. Luellen’s children are apparently ages 12, 8, and 4. According to the criminal Complaint, Luellen was driving drunk southbound on Lexington Avenue. When she turned right onto Concordia Avenue to enter the Interstate 94 entrance ramp, the family van apparently tipped over. Luellen was found crying on the side of the road. When police arrived at least one of the children was bleeding profusely from a face injury. Luellen supposedly smelled of alcohol and had slurred speech. She admitted having five beers. Later, she apparently got
in an argument with her aunt shortly before the accident. When police tested her breath alcohol concentration, she tested a .17. That is over twice the Minnesota legal limit for DWI of .08.
Luellen will have court a court appearance in Ramsey County District Court. She will need a great Minnesota DWI CVO Defense attorney, since the possible penalties are stiff: The maximum penalty for the gross misdemeanor child endangerment charges is a year in jail and $3000 fine. The maximum punishment for the gross misdemeanor child endangerment 3rd degree DWI is also a year in jail and a $3000 fine. The maximum sentence for felony CVO for injuring her own kids in a DWI crash is 36 months (three years) in prison. A conviction for CVO can also mean a three-to five year loss of a driver’s license, with no work permit for at least a year. That means that a driver’s license is not available, even with ignition interlock, for at least one year. If you or someone you know has been charged with a Minnesota DWI or a Ramsey County CVO, call Keller Law Offices right away for experienced, tough legal help. We help you keep your job , your freedom and your future.