An arrest can be a difficult experience for anyone, but it can be especially daunting when you share custody of your children. If you are facing an arrest, it is important to remember that you are not alone. There are many resources available to help you navigate this difficult time. In this blog post, we will discuss the impact of an arrest on your child custody order in Texas and what you can do to protect your rights and those of your children.
Impacts of An Arrest on Your Custody Orders
An arrest can have several impacts on your child custody arrangement, but it ultimately depends on your specific circumstances and the crime you were arrested for. If you are convicted of a crime and sentenced to jail, a custody modification will need to be made as you serve your sentence. Even if you are not convicted, an arrest can still impact your custody arrangement.
Drug and Alcohol Crimes
If your arrest was for a drug crime or an alcohol offense, such as a DWI, you might face additional scrutiny regarding your current custody situation, especially if your children were involved with the crime or with you at the time of your arrest. To ensure that your continued relationship is in the child's best interests, the court may order that you undergo drug testing or counseling as a result of your arrest.
Assault Family Violence Arrests
If you have been arrested for assault family violence or have a restraining order taken out against you, the court might modify your custody order to reflect that. When a restraining order is taken out, an emergency custody order can be made, where you might be unable to see your children or only able to maintain your relationship through supervised visitation. You may also be required to stay away from your children while your case is pending.
Contact An Experienced Legal Team
If you are facing an arrest, it is important to contact both a skilled criminal defense attorney and an experienced family law attorney. The sooner you have legal representation, the better. Your criminal defense attorney will help you navigate the criminal justice system and protect your rights; meanwhile, your family law attorney will work with you to protect your custody rights.
We Can Do More
If you are facing an arrest, it is important to contact an experienced law firm as soon as possible. The attorneys at Cofer & Connelly, PLLC have significant experience in both family and criminal law and are ready to assist you in the intersection of practice areas. We can help you navigate the days after your arrest and help you retain your custody rights to your children.
Schedule a consultation with our team today by calling us at (512) 991-0576.