St. Patrick’s Day Will Bring Increased DUI Patrols
St. Patrick’s Day is fast approaching on March 17, 2015. This special holiday celebrates Irish heritage with food, music, dancing and, often, the consumption of alcohol. According to reports from the National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA), St. Patrick’s Day sees one of the biggest increases in drunk driving arrests and accidents. From 2009 to 2013, 276 lives were lost in drunk-driving-related crashes over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday in the US.
If you are arrested for a DUI in California, you can face harsh consequences. For a first offense, you can spend four days in jail. For a more serious offense, such as an extreme DUI in which your blood-alcohol level is .15 or higher, you could face over a year in jail, heavy fines, probation, suspension of your license and even the mandatory installation of an ignition interlock device. DUIs that involve bodily injury are death are even more serious and carry even more severe consequences.
This increased number of drunk drivers on the road over the St. Patrick’s Day holiday weekend not only leads to increased danger of accidents but also an increased chance of being arrested. Law enforcement knows that holidays lead to more DUIs. In response, they increase patrols and establish DUI checkpoints. They are prepared to make arrests in an effort to keep the roads safer.
How to Build a DUI Defense
Despite the physical and legal risks, many drivers make the decision to drink and get behind the wheel. If you find yourself arrested for a DUI this St. Patrick’s Day, you may face serious consequences if convicted. Even first-time offenders will face harsh consequences without a good defense. Because of these serious penalties and the lingering effects of a conviction on your record, it is important that you act quickly and call an experienced DUI defense attorney.
The knowledgeable legal team at the Amerio Law Firm in Sacramento stress that you cooperate with the police by providing needed information like your license, registration and insurance card. However, do not answer any questions without your attorney present. Anything you say can and will be used against you by the police and weaken your defense.
Do not let a Sacramento DUI ruin your St. Patrick’s Day fun! Drink and drive responsibly and avoid a DUI. However, if you do make the mistake of drinking and driving, the experienced team at Amerio Law Firm can help. We offer aggressive representation for our clients, helping them to build their best defense against DUI charges.