What To Do if Your Child is Arrested for DUI
Facing criminal allegations for driving under the influence (DUI) is no easy experience for any person, but when your child has been charged with a crime, there is always more cause for fear and concern. At Joey Gilbert Law, our Reno DUI attorneys know that parents whose child has been arrested for a DUI offense have many questions and many concerns – we hear them all the time. Although these can be frightening times, we want parents to know that your child has legal rights, and that our firm is here to help protect those rights during criminal proceedings and administrative DMV matters regarding their driving privileges.
While our firm is available around the clock to help parents after their child has been arrested and charged with DUI, we also want to provide some important information to help you better understand DUI cases, the stakes and consequences of a conviction, and how you can take the steps toward helping your son or daughter navigate the legal process ahead.
- Know that your child has rights – For many parents who have a child facing DUI charges, it is the first time they have ever encountered the law. Today, law enforcement officers have made DUI enforcement one of their top priorities, and both police and prosecutors are aggressive when stopping, arresting, and charging accused drivers. Still, it is important to know that your child has legal rights, including their Constitutional right to protection from unlawful searches. This means law enforcement officers must abide by the law when they stop and investigate your child for driving under the influence. Additionally, you son or daughter has the right to remain silent when questioned by law enforcement and to have legal representation when challenging the allegations made against them.
- Know that DUI cases can be fought – Just because your child has been charged with driving under the influence does not mean they are guilty or that the charge cannot be fought. DUI cases can be effectively challenged on many grounds, and you should fully exercise your right to challenge the government’s version of the facts. Remember, law enforcement officers must abide by the law and not infringe upon a person’s rights when stopping and investigating them under suspicion of a crime. From challenging the grounds for probable cause during a stop to challenging the facts of a case and the government’s side of the story, there is ample opportunity to produce a successful resolution when you fight the case.
- Understand what is at stake – To help you better understand why it is important to fight a charge, consider what is at stake when it comes to a DUI allegation and conviction. DUIs, depending on a child’s age and the nature of the offense, can result in hefty fines and fees, court ordered classes, driver’s license suspension or revocation, and possible terms of imprisonment. These penalties can be enhanced if aggravating circumstances are involved, including high BAC levels, prior DUI convictions, or DUIs that result in accidents, injuries, or death. At a time when your child should be focusing on their future, a DUI can create serious and long-term consequences that may limit their opportunities when seeking to further their education or obtain a job.
- Work with a proven lawyer – The most important thing you can do as a parent when your child has been charged with DUI is to enlist the help of a proven defense attorney. As experienced DUI lawyers, our legal team has the insight and resources needed to protect your child’s rights throughout all criminal and DMV proceedings, and fight for the best resolution possible, whether that means dropped charges or a reduction in charges and penalties.
Joey Gilbert Law understands that parents have every reason to be concerned when their child is facing DUI allegations. This is why we go above and beyond in our efforts to help them better understand their rights, options, and what our firm can do to help. We would like to remind parents that time can be a critical factor in DUI cases, and that it is wise to speak with a member of our legal team as soon as possible after an arrest in order to build an effective defense and challenge license suspensions.
If you have questions about a DUI charge your child faces, as either a minor or an adult, contact an attorney from Joey Gilbert Law for a free consultation. We’re available 24/7 to help and handle all types of DUI cases, including those involving allegations of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.