The stress of going through a divorce can be overwhelming. In some cases, it can lead to binge drinking and ultimately a DUI. Unfortunately, a DUI conviction can seriously impact your child custody case. In most cases, a DUI charge does not have any immediate effect on legal custody. However, once your spouse or partner gets wind of it, it can greatly reduce your chances of getting or keeping physical custody of your child or children.
If police detain you on suspicion of drunk driving, you must seek experienced defense counsel at once. The faster you hire an experienced Fairfax DUI defense attorney, the better your chances are of beating, or at least reducing, the charges against you.
Your driving privileges
A DUI conviction can indirectly affect your child custody arrangement by restricting your ability to drive. If your license is suspended or revoked, you may not be able to take your children to some school or extracurricular activities. Further, without the ability to drive, you may have trouble obtaining gainful employment, which can also affect your ability to obtain custody or keep up with child support payments if you do not currently have custody of your children.
Your driving history
You will appear more innocent if you only have a single DUI. Your attorney can help explain that it was a singular event that was completely out of character for you. However, if you have multiple DUIs on your record, all explanations may need evidence to support them. A history of DUIs signals to the court that you have a problem and absolutely should not be granted physical custody.
Your criminal history
A single drunk driving charge on its own can be often be excused as a mistake. However, if you have a criminal history of violent behavior or drugs, your single DUI takes on a more sinister appearance. Criminal charges, no matter how old, can negatively impact your custody case.
Dedicated DUI lawyer helps you build a solid defense
A DUI can seriously impact your family life. At the Nova Law Firm, we fight passionately to clear your name. To discuss your case with an experienced criminal defense lawyer, call (703) 352-9347 or contact us online.