Being arrested for
DUI is difficult for anyone, regardless of age. For those who rely on their
parents for financial and emotional support, an underage DUI can be devastating.
Suddenly, you’re imagining life without your cellphone, and without
Internet access unless it’s for homework.
You may not be allowed to hang out with your friends, and you may be forced
to complete an endless list of chores. Worst of all, you can say goodbye
to the keys and your car.
If you’re enrolled in college, you may not only face criminal charges,
but expulsion from school, loss of social status, and reduced chances
of employment. A DUI may even impact your ability to get your hands on
that prize internship you’ve been hoping for.
While the first step for any person accused of DUI should be to contact
a DUI defense lawyer, many young adults, especially those financially
supported by their family, first call their parents.
What to Tell Parents After a DUI Arrest
Calling parents to inform them of a
DUI arrest is not fun for anyone. A parent may be disappointed at the news, but their
priority should always be to ensure their son or daughter’s safety.
Keeping some tips in mind can help to make this an easier conversation.
When speaking with parents, remember to:
- Explain what happened without going into specifics,
- Discuss what was learned from the situation,
- Tell your parents how you expect to legally resolve the arrest,
- Discuss possible changes in habits and behavior that can prevent you from
drinking and driving again.
- Agree to encourage your friends not to drink and drive or get into a car
with someone who has been drinking or doing drugs.
While these tips will not answer every question parents may have, there
are some things that you should refrain from sharing with them. You will
need to make sure the specifics of your arrest remain between you and
your lawyer during the case, unless your attorney gives you the green
light to share certain information with your parents.
Parents should be involved in the DUI case for those who are still under
their care, but the only person who should develop a case strategy is
the trusted DUI attorney hired to defend the young DUI driver.
Are you seeking legal representation for a recent DUI arrest?
Call the Law Offices of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to speak with an experienced
Orange County DUI attorney.