How an Arrest Can Impact You and Your FamilyWritten on November 18, 2014
Not every criminal offense in Georgia is done with bad intentions. There are some instances when the arrested person didn’t even know they were doing anything wrong. Not knowing, though, isn’t a viable excuse to avoid getting arrested. That sort of situation may get even worse if it affects others in your family.
If you are given a ticket, and fail to pay the fine or go to court, your driver’s license will be suspended. The Department of Driver Services will mail you a notice, but not everyone gets that critical piece of mail. If your driver’s license is suspended, and you don’t receive the notice, you could be driving around just waiting to get arrested.
If you are pulled over for a traffic violation, and your license is suspended, you will be arrested. A police officer will take you into custody for Driving with a Suspended License as well as Failure To Appear (for missing court) and take you to jail. Your car will also be impounded. Getting your car back from the towing company is just one more expense to be added to paying your bail and the hefty fines that will follow. Now just imagine if you are taking your kids to school or to a doctor’s appointment when this happens. It can quickly turn into a very ugly nightmare.
Some officers will allow to you make a phone a call and find someone to come pick up your kids and even take your car to avoid the impound process. But what if you don’t have someone that can come in a reasonable amount of time? The cop isn’t going to stand on the side of the road with you for hours and hours waiting for someone to come. If you don’t have anyone to come to your aid, the police will call The Department of Child and Family Services. Your children could be taken into state custody over traffic tickets!
The easiest way to avoid such a traumatic situation is to pay any citations you receive and be sure to appear in court when ordered to do so. But, if you weren’t aware of the suspension, and your children are taken by the state, you need to call an attorney. You don’t want your kids in state custody one second longer than they have to be. The attorneys at The Silverbach Group are here to help. We will not only assist with the charges against you, but make getting your children back home a top priority.
There are other offenses that happen daily in Georgia that could also result in your children being taken by the state. It’s not uncommon to see a parent having a drink or two while out for dinner with their kids. We recommend you never get behind the wheel after consuming any alcohol, but there are folks who think they are “fine” after only having a few beers with a meal. If you aren’t fine, at least according to the law in Georgia, and get pulled over, you could be looking at very serious consequences.
In Georgia, in addition to being charged with Driving Under the Influence, you could be charged with DUI Child Endangerment if there is a child in the car who is less than 14 years old. So those two or three beers with dinner could result in two DUI charges. In addition to your kids possibly being taken from the scene, you will be facing years of license suspension, fines, and possibly jail time. If there is more than one minor in the car, you could be charged separately for each child. That could put you in the category of a DUI habitual violator, which could have a devastating effect on your life, freedom, career, and family.
If you are facing legal trouble related to these or any other offenses, you need an experienced attorney in your corner. We will help you through the legal system, and expedite dealing with the state to get your children back home if they were taken by the state because of an arrest. The Silverbach Group should be your first call if this has happened to you. You can reach us (770) 635-0334.