If you are going through a divorce, you may feel like you need to take some time to unwind. Maybe you go to the bar at night, or perhaps you hit up the club. Whatever it is you do, if alcohol was a part of your relaxation habits, you should know that you could have some trouble in court.
Imagine if you get a DUI and are fighting a custody case. What do you think a judge would say? Likely, they would wonder if you will also be intoxicated when your children are with you or if you would have them in your vehicle while intoxicated. The odds are that the judge will not look kindly on your actions.
A DUI does affect your court case significantly
A DUI does affect your court case, because you're going to be stressed. Not only are you handling an expensive divorce, but now you're also having to fight against the DUI charge in criminal court. Of course, your attorney is going to be there for you every step of the way and will try to have the DUI charge dropped or minimized, but this will still impact many parts of your life in the short term. Financial stress, in particular, is common when a DUI and divorce happen at the same time.
Another problem is transportation. If you get a DUI, how can you get to court? You may have lost your license. You'll need to figure out how to get to court, work and other important meetings without the ability to drive.
A DUI does absolutely have the potential to impact custody. Your attorney will do everything in their power to prevent this, but know that the safety and well-being of your children comes first. If your spouse is able to successfully argue that you are an alcoholic or that you've put your children in danger by drinking, then you could be left without custody of your children or face having to have custody with supervision only. No parent wants to go through those kinds of restrictions with their own children, so it's best to do everything you can to eliminate the DUI charge.
A DUI increases the complexity of divorce cases, so it's important to have someone on your side throughout these challenges. Knowing where you stand legally and how your decisions could affect you in court is vital to your success.