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Telling Parents About a DUI Arrest

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.