Lately it seems your spouse is taking more and more risks, which worries you more and more.
And while your spouse might not be worried about the potential consequences, you are – and you should be. If your spouse has a run-in with the law related to their drinking, such as getting a DUI, there will be serious consequences for your whole family. Hi, I am attorney Teresa DiNardi, and I have been a DUI lawyer for over a decade. I see firsthand the difficulties that a family faces when a loved one is charged with a DUI. On this page, I will list a few of the consequences that a DUI can bring. Hopefully understanding these issues can help you and your family avoid a run-in with the law.
Understanding the Consequences
First of all, you need to understand that if your spouse gets a DUI, there will be consequences for your whole family. Depending on your spouse’s job, they could get fired as a result of their arrest or conviction. This might especially be the case if your spouse drives for work or they have a commercial driver’s license (CDL). If your family depends on your spouse financially, this can seriously affect your family’s ability to pay the bills.
Another potential consequence that your family faces is a run-in with the Department of Child and Family Services. If kids were in the car when your spouse got arrested, DCF will be contacted. As a result, DCF may investigate the situation to make sure that your children have a stable and safe home life. This is a major headache. You don’t want DCF in your life.
Finally, DUI convictions are accompanied by license suspensions. This means that you will get stuck doing all of the driving for your family. Your spouse won’t be able to help in getting your kids to and from school and their various activities. In fact, you will likely also have to drive your spouse to work if they still have their job, or to run their errands.
Another consequence to consider is that your spouse will have a criminal record if they get convicted for DUI. This could impact their ability to get jobs in the future. A criminal conviction could follow your spouse for life.
Obviously, your family does not want to deal with these consequences. That is why it is best to avoid them altogether and get your spouse help for a drinking problem.
If you think that your spouse has a drinking problem, they need help. You can contact my office for additional resources, or check out the other pages on this website for more information. If your spouse unfortunately has been charged with a DUI, it is time to be proactive and get them help. Discussing your family’s situation with a DUI lawyer at this time is a good place to start. I am happy to help with a Connecticut DUI case, simply call my office for more information.