Unfortunately, my son got caught up with the wrong group of kids over the last summer. It was not until the police officers brought him home that I learned of what he and his new group of friends were up to. I knew at that moment that I was going to need a lawyer to help me help him through the situation. My lawyer was so helpful in many ways. By the time we worked our way through the legal process, my son was able to walk away without any charges that could threaten his future. Visit my site to learn what can be done for a troubled teen to get him or her back on the right track.
If there's one thing worse than getting pulled over for driving under the influence of alcohol, it's a DUI stop in which you're traveling with your child in the vehicle. First and foremost, this situation is serious because you may face additional DUI charges — child endangerment, for example — because of having your child with you. You'll also face other dilemmas, such as what you'll do with the child in the event that the police officer arrests you. You don't want the child to go to the police department with you, so you'll need to make some quick plans. Here are some topics to think about.
Someone Who Won't Judge
It's common for a police officer to give you the ability to call someone to come pick up your child from the scene of the DUI stop. You'll likely be upset once you realize that you're being taken into custody, but you need to consider the well being of the child. Think about not only whom you can trust to come pick the child up, but also who won't judge you. You're already perhaps at a low point in your life, so having a family member who lectures you will only make things worse. Besides, the right DUI attorney may be able to get your charge dropped, so it's ideal if you can get some help from a non-judgmental person you know.
Someone Who Can Arrive Quickly
Most police officers will be understanding that it may be several minutes before someone can arrive on the scene to pick up your child after your DUI arrest, but they have a job to do and don't want to be standing around for long. Consider the people you know who live near where you were pulled over or perhaps even work in the area. Getting someone on the scene quickly to get your child is in his or her best interest, too, because the child may understandably be upset to see you in police custody.
Consider Your Attorney
If you've previously dealt with an attorney and expect to get his or her help with your DUI case, consider calling the attorney to send someone to pick up the child. Legal professionals aren't babysitters, of course, but if you've built a relationship with the attorney, he or she won't want to see you in the difficult situation of not having a family member or friend who can come to pick up your child. Attorneys often help their clients in a number of ways, and this might be one.Share