If your child faces a DUI charge, you probably feel shocked. You may have feelings of anger, concern, or helplessness. While these feelings are normal, it is important to consider what your kid is going through since this arrest has occurred. They have followed the same arrest procedures as serious criminals and probably feels scared or worried. Your child may have been in a jail holding sell. They need your guidance at this time. Yes, a mistake happened. But now you have to to focus on what to do to remedy that mistake.

First Steps

The first step you should take to help your child is to contact a lawyer on their behalf. The lawyer will be able to provide proper guidance. They know how to best help your child and what action to take moving forward. The consequences for an underage DUI vary by state and the seriousness of the offense. If your child got pulled over and no other vehicles were involved in their situation, it will probably be a less serious offense. This is especially true if this is the first offense on their record. If your child got into an accident and charged with a DUI, you face a complex situation. Your lawyer will be able to assist you in helping your child establish the best defense to the charge.

Helping Your Child

If your kid got arrested for a DUI, they probably feel emotionally strained and need your help as a parent now more than ever. This is the time to put your anger aside for the benefit of your child. Their DUI may put a strain on your family life. This is a difficult process to work through, but it can be done! This DUI will get resolved and you and your kid will move beyond this difficult situation.

You can help your child by attending all of their meetings with their lawyer and being a good listener. It is okay to express your feelings about the situation to your kid and their lawyer. However, you must be sure to do so in a calm manner, as being angry and irrational will help nobody in this situation. If your kid is overwhelmed by this situation, you can talk to them about attending therapy sessions or finding a healthy way to relieve stress.

It is also important to know that it is not your fault! Things and situations happen and you can’t always control them. Be sure your kid sees this as a learning experience to ensure that it will not happen in the future. With proper guidance from you and their lawyer, your child will be able to handle the DUI in a mature manner. If you have any questions regarding your child’s DUI or wish to reach out for advise, contact me here for more information.