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DWI Convictions and Child Custody

A person fighting a child custody battle may have a significantly tougher time winning if they are convicted of a DWI. A criminal charge such as a DWI can have a major impact on child custody proceedings, working against the accused individual for many different reasons. As there is little a person can do to downplay a DWI conviction in a custody hearing, they may work to fight these criminal accusations.

To discuss your defense options if you have been charged with DWI or a related crime, contact Raleigh DWI attorney Jim Black today at 919-600-4609.

The Impact of DWI Convictions on Child Custody

If parents cannot work out a reasonable compromise that is supported by the court, custody battles can become vicious, lengthy legal debates between the divorcing spouses. In many cases, the court deciding your case will look closely at your past legal records. Any signs of personal weakness or mistakes can be used against a parent in these proceedings.

A person may experience the following problems with their child custody battle if convicted of a DWI in the past:

  • Criminal charges can be used as a sign of irresponsibility
  • A DWI conviction may be used as a sign of carelessness and selfishness
  • Prison sentences can result in the loss of custody rights
  • High fines from a DWI conviction may show a lack of financial stability for the child

These issues can potentially devastate a person’s child custody fight, leaving them without the right to see their child regularly.

Contact Us

For more information regarding your rights if you have been charged with DWI and are facing an impending custody hearing, contact Raleigh DWI lawyer Jim Black today at 919-600-4609. Let our legal experience help you with your questions and concerns.


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