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Avoiding Holiday DUI Charges | Amerio Law Firm

Posted on Thursday, December 19th, 2013    

The holidays are a time when DUIs seem to be more common.  This may be because more people are actually drinking at holiday parties and then driving home, but it could also be because law enforcement is actively seeking drunk drivers.  Checkpoints are common and most areas implement “saturation patrols” at optimum times for drunk drivers such as on the weekends and after midnight.

A DUI charge is very serious, even if it is a first offense and you did not cause property damage or injury to anyone else.  It is very likely that you will incur heavy fines and even jail time if you are convicted of a DUI.  Your auto insurance may be cancelled or may become so expensive that you can no longer afford to pay it.  Your license can be suspended and you may be required to attend classes or perform community service.  Avoiding a DUI charge in the first place is the easiest way to avoid these consequences.

Can you enjoy some holiday cheer and still avoid a DUI charge?  Here are some tips to keep you out of jail and get you home safely this holiday season.

  • Use a designated driver who drinks no alcohol at all.  Sometimes the “DD” enjoys a drink or two at the party, but it is preferable to have a driver without a trace of alcohol in his or her system.  This helps keep things clear if your car is pulled over by officers looking for drunk drivers.
  • Take a cab both to and from the party.  One of the most common reasons people get DUIs is because they genuinely believe they have controlled their drinking and can drive, but are then surprised to find their blood alcohol measures .08 percent or higher, the legal limit for a DUI charge.  They may have forgotten one or two drinks or simply do not feel the effects of alcohol strongly.  Many cab companies will allow you to book in advance for a pickup and drop off time so that you do not have to wait on a cab.
  • Stay the night.  One of the easiest ways to avoid a DUI is to plan to stay over at the host’s home.  Smart hosts often plan parties with this in mind and provide accommodation for guests traveling from some distance.  You may also want to consider a local hotel to which you can walk or take a cab for overnight accommodation if the party is some distance from your house.

Amerio Law wishes everyone a safe and joyous holiday season and reminds you that avoiding a DUI is much easier if you plan the details of your celebration in advance.

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