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A DUI is a poor Christmas present

On Behalf of | Dec 24, 2021 | Drunk Driving |

If you want to enjoy this Christmas and New Year, it is crucial you avoid drinking and driving. Consuming alcohol before driving could ruin your festive season and that of your family in more ways than one.

Rather than celebrating together, you might find yourself in a hospital, or even the morgue. Even if you are lucky and no crash happens, you could spend your holidays wondering how to fight a DUI charge rather than how to carve the turkey.

Drunk driving is illegal at any time of year, yet many responsible drivers make mistakes over the holiday period and find themselves driving while over the limit. The police know this and increase their campaigns to catch anyone who is.

How could you unintentionally end up drunk driving?

Several errors could lead you to face DUI charges. For example:

  • Misunderstanding the rules: For most people, the blood alcohol content limit is 0.08 %. Yet, if you are under 21 years old, it is 0.01%. In effect, that means you cannot drink any alcohol before driving if you have not yet turned 21.
  • Forgetting you had a drink earlier: The police pull you over on your way back from visiting family. You knew you had to drive so calculated your drinks. Yet, if you forgot about the heavy session last night, or the quick glass of sherry with the neighbor in the morning, your calculations could be off. Alcohol can stay in your system for hours.
  • Failing to realize the strength of the drink: When people say it is OK to have one beer, what beer are they referring to? If you do not check the label on any alcohol you are offered, you could find yourself drinking something far stronger than you realize.

If you made a mistake and ended up with a DUI, you cannot rely on a judge showing seasonal generosity. You need to look at all available ways to challenge the charge and defend your license.