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Supporting a Loved One Through a DUI

Posted by Jonathan Warshaw | Nov 01, 2016 | 0 Comments

An Arizona DUI arrest and the subsequent court proceedings can be an incredibly intimidating experience. People often experience a great deal of anxiety when confronted with the process. They may be concerned about their criminal record, job, car insurance, or the stigma they may face if others find out about the charges.

A DUI arrest can affect a whole family. If one member loses driving privileges, there can be economic and practical consequences for all members. If your spouse, partner, child or loved one is facing DUI charges, there are many resources available to help you not only provide support, but also to deal with the challenges you're facing. It is important to remember that you are not alone. Thousands of families are face the same situation every year and are able to successfully put this experience behind them.

Sometimes a DUI is a symptom of a larger, very serious problem, such as alcohol or drug dependence. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is a national organization dedicated to the research and treatment of substance abuse and mental health issues. SAMHSA provides a way to search its directory online to find local treatment centers and support groups. Additionally, it runs a 24/7 free of cost treatment referral telephone service that you can access by dialing 1 (800) 622-HELP (4357).

Other times a DUI is the result of an isolated mistake and the chief concerns are dealing with more practical consequences such as transportation, employment concerns, ability to pay fees, and insurance rates. Parents may have concerns as to how their child's current and future education may be affected by a conviction. A DUI arrest can affect many different areas of life, but there are many steps to take to mitigate the negative consequences. These include setting up a payment plan for fines, ways to re-work auto insurance to avoid high rates, examining an employment contract, working with university administrators and much more. An experienced DUI attorney can walk you through not only the legal strategy for your loved one's case, but also examine the individual concerns you may have related to the arrest and point you in the direction of the appropriate first steps to take so you can move forward.

Call The Law Office of Jonathan L. Warshaw today for a consultation!

About the Author

Jonathan Warshaw

I am a former police officer with the Mesa Police Department and was involved in arresting hundreds of people for DUIs and other criminal offenses. Now, I can use that experience to help you. I understand how police officers think, what they do in the field, and what kinds of information gets left out of a police report. As a Gilbert criminal defense attorney, I work to investigate your case, analyze the evidence, and interview the police to find everything possible to win your case.

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