As a prosecutor, Doug Valeska has seen parents affected by criminal charges filed against their children.
This time, he’s the parent.
One of Valeska’s three children, Douglas Albert Valeska II, 24, was booked into the Dothan City Jail at 3:19 p.m. Friday on a misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia charge.
The district attorney for Houston and Henry counties said his son was still in jail Saturday afternoon. “He got arrested and I haven’t paid his bond,” Valeska said.
Valeska said the city made the case against his son and he didn’t know much about it. He said he did not interfere in any way.
Valeska said he doesn’t want his son to receive any special treatment in the city court system. “They’ll handle it like they would any other city case,” he said.
The district attorney described the arrest on the misdemeanor charge as a personal family matter, but because of the job he holds “it becomes a public matter. That’s the way it is, and I accept it,” Valeska said.
“I’m like any other parent that has to face these problems,” he said. “It’s hard. The difficult part is children or young adults who do these things don’t realize what they do to their families.”
Valeska, 61, has served as district attorney since 1987. He is a little more than two years into his fifth six-year term.
Valeska said his son’s arrest is embarrassing, but “am I going to resign my position?” He said he has thought about it, but hasn’t made that decision yet. He said he plans to pray and think about it.
He will be 65 when his term ends, and if his health is good and he still has the support of law enforcement, the community and victims “I would run again because I care about my community.”
Does his son’s arrest affect that decision? “Sure it does,” he said.
“I will hear it from the ones who want me gone, but I’ll also hear from law enforcement, victims, the public,” he said.
Valeska said like any parent, he will help his son in any way he can.
“Would I do anything wrong or illegal or fix anything?” he said. “No. I would not disgrace my name, the name my daddy gave me.”
He hopes for the best, but “if the worst turns out, he’s still my son. I still love him. I still stand behind him.”
Valeska said when it comes to his son, he’s a father first. “I care about my son,” he said.