Christmas Parties and DUIs
Nov 08, 2017
Holiday cheer runs high at Christmas parties, and so does the alcohol. If you get too festive this holiday season and then take it upon yourself to drive home, then you might be at risk for getting a DUI for Christmas.
According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), DUI arrests are at their highest between Thanksgiving and the end of New Year's weekend. Holiday parties mean people are celebrating with friends and family, imbibing more than they would typically away from their homes; therefore, more people are drinking and potentially driving.
If you want to enjoy this upcoming holiday season, please consider the following information:
- A cab is cheaper than a DUI. Many people drive drunk because they are trying to avoid paying for a cab. However, the cost of a cab ride is negligible compared to cost of getting a DUI. The costs include posting bail, fines, ignition interlock device, and the cost of getting your car back. The costs skyrocket if you have had prior DUIs or if you had a juvenile in the car with you. Moreover, with services like Uber and Lyft, the cost of getting a driver is cheaper than ever.
- Getting your car in the morning is less burdensome than dealing with a DUI. If you get arrested for a DUI, you will go to jail. You may be able to post bond, but then you will have hearings that you will need to attend, you will need to get your car back, your license will be suspended, and you may receive an ignition interlock device for your car. Getting to and from work after a DUI may pose a challenge. If you plan to drink at a party, you should plan on having to get your car in the morning, or getting a ride to the party instead.
- If you do get a DUI, you should get an experienced DUI attorney to handle your case. DUI convictions carry serious consequences. Many attorneys will offer to handle a DUI charge, but not all attorneys know how to properly navigate the criminal court system and understand California's complex DUI law. Hopefully, you do not get a DUI during this holiday season, but if you do, you should get an experienced attorney in DUI law. If you are arrested for a DUI and need experienced counsel, please contact us for a consultation.
Category: DUI Defense
Michael Mitchell is a Fresno attorney who practices in the areas of DUI, personal injury & criminal law. Visit his Google+ profile.