If you have a DWI on your record, you may have concerns that it could affect your right to custody of your minor child. You are right to be concerned because family law courts all across the nation have one primary goal when making decisions regarding minor children. Their best interests must always be foremost in all custody decisions.
How do the courts view a parent’s DWI?
But that is not to assume that a single DWI that occurred many years ago will preclude you from being awarded custody of your children. As with many other cases, timing matters. For instance, if you were recently arrested for DWI, you must be prepared to launch a staunch defense against the charges you face if you hope to avoid complications in your child custody case.
A court might conclude, for example, that you are incapable of making good parenting decisions if you have a recent conviction for DWI on your criminal record. The charges are even more serious if your child were with you when the DWI arrest took place. Fighting the charge in court could result in a dismissal of charges or an acquittal based on faulty evidence or other factors.
Find a legal ally who will fight for justice for you in the courtroom
In addition to child custody issues, DWI convictions can create all sorts of havoc in almost all areas of your life. That is why it is so important to retain an experienced and competent New Jersey attorney who is capable of taking the helm of your criminal defense and fighting hard for you.