5 Steps to Take if Your Child Was Arrested for DUI
Posted By Salvador Phillips, PLLC || Apr 5, 2017
Parents will forever be inclined to support their children when they need it most. This is especially true during difficult times that come with facing criminal allegations. A criminal charge puts a lot on the line, both in the short- and long-term, and it can threaten your child’s freedom and future. In fact, a criminal conviction at a time when children are becoming adults and beginning their lives can create setbacks place extensive limitations on their futures.
If your child has been recently arrested and charged with driving under the influence (DUI) in Phoenix or any of the surrounding communities of Arizona, our legal team at Salvador Phillips, PLLC want you to know that all hope is not lost – you can help your child fight the charges they face. Backed by decades of combined experience, our Phoenix DUI lawyers can help protect your child’s rights when facing any type of DUI allegation, including underage DUI, marijuana DUI, multiple DUI, or even felony level DUI offenses.
While we encourage you to reach out to our firm as soon as possible after an arrest for personalized information about your child’s case and how we can help, we also want to provide some important information to help you better understand the process and the steps you can take to provide your child with the support and assistance they need during this time. Consider these important steps:
- Understand the process – For many parents, having a child arrested for DUI may be the first time they have ever encountered the criminal justice system. While this is certainly a good thing, it also means that they may not be very familiar with the process. Working with an attorney can ensure you have an understanding of how criminal cases work and guidance along the way, but generally you should know that your child has important rights. This includes the right to be treated innocent until proven guilty. Additionally, your child has the opportunity to challenge the government’s case against them, and you can help them protect their rights by making the most of this opportunity.
- Write everything down – Following an arrest, speak with your child openly about what happened and write everything down, especially when events of a stop and arrest are still fresh in their mind. Be sure to note what your child was doing prior to being stopped, when and where they were stopped, and the reason an officer stated for stopping them. You should also note whether officers performed field sobriety tests, asked questions, and whether they asked for your child to perform a breath test. This information can prove helpful when you work with a defense attorney.
- Take swift action – Time is a critical element in any criminal case. By taking swift action to help your child, you provide ample time to investigate what happened, familiarize yourself with the government’s version of what happened, and take the necessary steps toward creating an effective defense, all of which an attorney can help with. Additionally, your child only has 15 days to request an administrative hearing with the Arizona MVD to protect their driver’s license.
- Remain calm – While it may be easier said than done, it is important to remain level-headed during the criminal process. Stress and fear can complicate matters, and may lead to premature bargains being reached when there was ample opportunity for a defense. Remember, the government’s version of what happened during a stop and arrest is their narrative, and it can be effectively challenged. There may also be issues with how law enforcement conducted a stop or arrest that can result in a positive outcome.
- Speak with a proven attorney – The most important step you can take in helping your child after they have been charged with DUI is to speak with a proven criminal defense attorney as soon as you can. Our criminal defense lawyers at Salvador Phillips, PLLC have decades of combined experience, and have represented clients throughout Arizona charged with all types of DUI allegations. We know the law, and we take the time to educate our clients, explain their rights, and handle all the complexities of their criminal defense and MVD administrative hearings on their behalf. We can help make the process easier and we fight for the best possible resolution.
If you son or daughter has been charged with DUI, as either a minor or a driver over the age of 21, do not hesitate to contact our firm for the information and support you need. We are prepared to personally review your case, discuss what you can expect, and explain how we can get started immediately. Consultations are FREE and confidential.