A conviction for driving under the influence could lead to a permanent criminal record. Many South Carolina drivers understand the serious impact a DUI might have on their driving privileges, but they may never consider the effect on divorce proceedings. Evidence related to DUI problems could factor into a divorce.
DUIs and divorce proceedings
Anyone arrested for a DUI during divorce proceedings may discover that the challenges of their divorce become much harder. The DUI issue may raise concerns about drug or alcohol problems and the spouse’s potential to injure themselves and others. When seeking custody of a child, these perceptions could harm arguments for being a fit and safe parent.
The DUI case won’t go away just because someone is going through a divorce. The anxiety and depression that some people feel when divorcing might worsen as the accused spouse has to deal with any criminal and civil cases related to the DUI.
Legal troubles come with costs
Legal bills will likely accompany costs associated with DUI issues. The accused person might need to pay attorney fees and any fines coming from a guilty verdict. If the defendant loses his or her driving privileges or has to serve jail time, a job loss may happen.
Financial stress from the DUI matter could harm divorce settlement negotiations as well. The monetary strain from the DUI case might make a spouse more demanding.
In addition, dealing with the DUI charges takes time, which might further drive up anxieties. However, the time it takes to defend against the charges may be well spent if the charges end up getting dismissed or reduced by the court.