Although many people may only consider the most direct consequences of a DUI charge, the reality of these charges is that they can subject the accused individual to serious judgment from those around him or her. This can be catastrophic to many individuals, especially to those facing property division and child custody litigation in a divorce.
For a free consultation, contact the Seattle DUI defense lawyers of the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm by calling 1-866-822-1230 today.
Prejudices and a Legal Action
On its own, a DUI can lead to the removal of a person's driving privileges, heavy fines, and prison sentences. In conjunction with a major legal battle, such as a child custody hearing, a DUI accusation can be enough to make a judge rule in favor of the other spouse. Especially in America, where drinking and driving is almost at an epidemic level, these charges are taken extremely seriously. Consider the following situations affected by a DUI charge:
- Proof of an unsafe environment for a child
- Personal proof as an unfit parent
- Incarceration or legal fees, resulting in less fiscal support for children
Even if the incident occurred years prior to the divorce, if your spouse presents this information to the court as an example of unfit parenting behavior, it can make it harder for you to secure the divorce settlement you need and may result in reduced child visitation rights.
If you have been charged with DUI, the ramifications can carry on for years into the future and can affect areas of your life that you had not previously considered related. Let us help you today. Contact the Seattle DUI defense attorneys of the Cowan Kirk Kattenhorn Law Firm at 1-866-822-1230.