Driving under the influence (DUI) cases can take time to conclude. Sometimes the District Attorney’s Office doesn’t even file charges until it’s been almost a year since the DUI 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 in the courts.
When such a DUI defendant receives notices in the mail about her DUI charges, suddenly she’s concerned about going to jail (and being around hardened criminals), performing community service, taking AA classes, and going on probation– all while pregnant.
If you’re having a baby, you can certainly ask the judge for lenience, but there’s no guarantee. Being pregnant doesn’t necessarily help an expectant mother avoid taking DUI classes, nor does it stop her from performing “light” community service duties.
The Case of a Difficult Pregnancy
As you’re well-aware, not all pregnancies are problem-free. If you are experiencing any of the following pregnancy-related complications, attending DUI classes or participating in community service may be unrealistic and even unsafe for your baby.
- High blood pressure
- Placental abruption (may require bed rest)
- Placenta previa (reduced activity, possibly bed rest)
- Hyperemesis gravidarum (severe vomiting)
If a complicated pregnancy is preventing 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 court-ordered sanctions.
What Should You Do?
If you’re stressed about your DUI and how it may impact your pregnancy, a 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.
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 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.