If you are struggling with an emotionally draining child custody case, you could have a very difficult time managing your feelings. Sometimes, parents drink too much when they find themselves in this position and they accidentally or carelessly drive while over the legal limit, resulting in DUI charges. Worse, these charges can have an adverse impact on your child custody case.
If DUI charges have come up and you are in the middle of a custody battle with your ex, it is especially crucial to approach your case carefully and understand how it can impact your ability to obtain a favorable custody outcome.
How do DUI charges affect custody rights?
Courts take many factors into review when awarding custody. According to the Child Welfare Information Gateway, drug and alcohol problems can affect a court’s decision and this is especially true for parents who are stopped by a law enforcement official while over the legal limit. Sometimes, parents are wrongly accused of driving drunk, whether a sobriety test is conducted improperly or a breathalyzer does not function properly.
How can you improve your odds of a favorable custody outcome?
First of all, you need to go over all of the details surrounding your DUI case and explore any legal strategies that could help you safeguard your ability to drive or even prove your innocence. You should also review the state’s relevant custody laws and prepare for your custody case with a clear understanding of how your DUI case could affect your custody rights. Also, try to stay positive and fight negative emotions such as depression or anxiety, which can further interfere with your DUI defense and your pursuit of custody.