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Charged with DUI during a Divorce? What You Need to Know

If you’re going through a divorce, it’s difficult enough on its own. If you’re also facing a DUI charge, the matter is that much more complicated. Fortunately, you’re not alone – an experienced Michigan divorce attorney can help you navigate the bumpy road ahead toward a favorable resolution.

The Effects of a DUI during Divorce

A DUI charge can lead to dramatic financial and emotional challenges that make the divorce process even more difficult, and they break down into primary categories.

Lost Driving Privileges

One of the first consequences you may experience in the wake of a DUI charge is the loss of driving privileges. If you lose your driver’s license even for a short time, it can dramatically affect your ability to take care of all the following:

  • Meet with your divorce attorney to build your strongest case
  • Attend court appointments
  • Spend time with your children according to your temporary parenting time plan
  • Travel to and from work

Each of these can have a profound effect on the outcome of your divorce.

Child Custody

A DUI contributes to the court’s perception of you as potentially having a substance abuse issue, which can directly affect your child custody terms. If your child was in the car with you when you were charged, the matter is that much more dire.

Lost Income

A DUI charge can lead to lost hours on the job, which can mean a loss of income. DUIs tend to mean court appearances and can lead to a loss of driving privileges, which can significantly affect your ability to earn. The immense expense associated with DUI charges, which will likely be your separate debt, can also affect how your marital assets are divided.

The Court’s Opinion

While most divorces in Michigan are settled between the two spouses involved, a DUI conviction can change that. The fact is that your spouse can use your charge as leverage and may be motivated to take the matter up in court. A DUI conviction can sway the court’s opinion regarding all the following:

  • Your responsible use of marital assets
  • Your parenting practices
  • Your decision-making ability

The court’s considerations on these matters can sway its decisions regarding the division of your marital property and your child custody arrangements.

Increased Stress

No one has to tell you that divorce is stressful. A DUI charge, however, can make it infinitely more so. There is no substitute for the peace of mind gained from working closely with a savvy divorce attorney who also has extensive experience in effectively and efficiently handling DUI charges during the divorce process.

An Experienced Michigan Divorce Attorney Is in Your Corner

The Michigan divorce attorneys at Aiello & Associates are well-prepared to provide you with the fierce legal protection you need and deserve. A DUI charge does not have to derail your rights in the middle of a divorce, and we’re here to help ensure that doesn’t happen. Reach out to learn more about what we can do for you by contacting us today.

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