You like to drink when you go out, and most of the time, you give yourself plenty of time to sober up before you head home. This time, you thought that you were fine to drive, but the reality was that you were not.
As you drove, a police officer started to follow behind you, and it wasn't long until you saw the flashing lights in your rearview mirror. You were stopped, over the limit and now you face a DUI.
This kind of situation is all too common during the holidays. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to prevent yourself from getting a DUI. Here are four tips to remember.
1. Always plan for a ride in advance
Some people who end up with DUIs get into that position because they didn't make arrangements to get home. If you're going out and plan to drink, make sure you have a plan for getting home without driving.
2. Stop drinking before you have to leave
Another good tip is to stop drinking the same number of hours before you leave as the number of drinks you've had.
For example, if you will be at a party for four hours and have two drinks the first hour, you need to wait at least two hours before you drive. Alcohol usually processes at a rate of one standard drink per hour, so if you have to drive, give yourself at least this much time. There's still no guarantee that you won't be intoxicated, so it's better to get a ride, even under these circumstances.
3. Be okay with staying overnight
If you do drink too much accidentally, it's better if you stay overnight where you are. If that's not possible for some reason, ask someone to call you a taxi or to call a hotel and book you a room.
4. Skip drinking if you can't trust yourself
Some people have a real problem with alcohol, and one drink tends to turn into many. If this is you and you know that you have to drive, don't start drinking at all. You can enjoy time with your friends and family without alcohol. Doing this guarantees that you won't be intoxicated and can drive safely without being impaired.
These are four tips for getting home safely and avoiding a DUI. With good preparation and choices, you can prevent this frustrating charge and the consequences that come along with it. If you do face drunk driving allegations, though, consider seeking the counsel of an experienced criminal defense attorney.