Driving under the influence (DUI) cases can take their time. Sometimes the DA doesn’t even file charges
until it’s been almost a year since the arrest. So, considering
the fact that some DUI defendants are women, it’s not unheard of
for a woman to become pregnant while her DUI case is pending through the courts.
Is it possible to get an extension for classes and community service?
If you’re having a baby, first we want to say congratulations. You
can certainly ask the judge but there’s a lot to consider. Often,
being pregnant doesn’t preclude an expectant mother from taking
DUI classes or performing “light” community service duties,
such as working at a Goodwill.
On the other hand, not all pregnancies are problem-free. If you are experiencing
any of the below pregnancy-related complications, attending classes or
participating in community service may be unrealistic:
- Placental abruption (may require bed rest)
- Placenta previa (reduced activity, possibly bed rest)
- High blood pressure
- Hyperemesis gravidarum (severe vomiting)
If you are experiencing pregnancy complications that prevent you from attending
classes or performing community service, bring your paperwork from your
obstetrician and show it to the judge. The medical documentation should
explain why the condition prevents you from fulfilling your duties.
An Orange County DUI lawyer from our firm can help you gather the necessary
evidence to present the most persuasive argument to the judge. It is possible
to get you more time and we may be able to change the terms of your probation.
What to Consider if Your Pregnancy is Going Well
If you are not experiencing any serious complications during your pregnancy,
it may be a better alternative to take the classes and do the community
service while you’re pregnant.
If you wait until after the baby’s born, it can be a lot more difficult
to complete your classes and community service, unless you’re fortunate
and have a trusted relative or friend who can watch the baby for hours
at a time.
Keep in mind that when you have a restricted license, you can only drive
to and from work, for work-related trips, and to and from DUI classes.
You cannot drive to you OB appointments. If you have further questions
about this, we can explain it in more detail.
If you’re pregnant and charged with DUI, you have a lot to consider. Contact our officeto schedule a free consultation with a Board Certified expert in DUI defense!