Effects Of A DUI Conviction On Custody Issues, Profession, Studies Etc.

How Does A DUI Conviction On A Record Affect Someone’s Custody Rights Or Arrangements?

In the State of Utah and in most other states, when you’re dealing with custody issues, custody decisions are determined by the judge based on the best interests of the child. Depending on who the judge is, it could cause a real problem if they feel that you’re not going to be able to take care of your child the right way. They have a stigma about people who drink alcohol or people who have driven and consumed alcohol.

A DUI conviction is going to make you look bad and it could seriously affect the outcome of a custody issue. It’s one of those kinds of areas of the law that it’s really up to the judge to make that determination and it’s going to vary wildly from judge to judge. In some cases, judges in some courts might not be too much of a problem but if it’s something where you have any kind of a criminal history and then you have a DUI on top of that, it’s going to look bad. If it’s a judge that happens to be particularly hard on those kinds of issues, it’s going to hurt you as well.

What Other Professions Might Be Affected By Having A DUI Conviction?

The most common ones seen are people that have to drive for work and that can be anybody that has a commercial driver’s license. Even if you don’t have a commercial driver’s license but you have a state department or government job, where people are doing things like in the national parks or the Forest Service, or firefighters, they have trouble because they need to be able to drive.

If you have a license suspension and you have to have an ignition interlock device installed on any car you drive and if you’re supposed to drive a government vehicle, that’s not going to be impossible. That’s an issue.

Other common cases are where you have to have any kind of licensure, which include teachers, doctors, any sort of professional licensing, there are going to be some consequences. If you have a DUI, you’re going to have to report that and you’re going to have to go through a review procedure and screening. It doesn’t necessarily mean that you’re going to lose your job over it but it’s not a good thing to have to deal with, obviously.

Can Certain Scholarship Programs Or Acceptance To Certain Colleges Be Affected By A DUI Conviction?

Yes, absolutely. The biggest concern if you are applying, that’s going to be something that you have to deal with. You’re going to have to report it to the school and you’re going to have to probably explain yourself. If it’s a competitive school and they have got their pick of candidates, that alone could very well affect you in not being able to get into that school. So, that’s probably the most serious consequence.

As far as scholarships, it certainly depends on the scholarship and the school. With certain scholarships, you could jeopardize the scholarships. While you’re in school, you might not have to worry about being expelled for getting a DUI but if you’re trying to get in, that’s not good. Similarly, if you have a certain kind of scholarship, that’s not good as well. In Utah, at BYU (Brigham Young University), they have an honor code and that can also be affected, which is an even worse situation to be in. If you happen to be in BYU and you happen to get a DUI, you could be facing some of those consequences as well.

A DUI Conviction Can Affect Custody Issues, Profession And Studies Etc. Of the Person. In you need assistance, call the law office of Attorney Court Koehler for a free initial consultation at (801) 441-2013 and get the information and legal answers you’re seeking.

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