updated 05/18/2012 AT 10:00 AM ET
•originally published 05/18/2012 AT 12:05 PM ET
But even if the law turns out not to be on his side, the actor still has the approval of one important judge: his 9-year-old son, Owen.
“I did talk to my son after I got released early the next morning,” Wyle, 40, tells PEOPLE. “I called him before school, and I explained what happened and that I was okay.”
Wyle says he “kind of explained it in as simple terms as possible, and I thought I was going on a little bit too long and I may have lost him, but as soon as I stopped talking, he just jumped in and said, ‘I think you did the right thing, Dad.’ ”