In many law enforcement agencies around the country, the holiday season
is referred to as “DUI Season” due to how many people wind
up behind bars due to drinking and driving. Everyone wants to have fun
with their friends and family in front of the fireplace, and this means
drinking eggnog, spiced wines, and more festive spirits. But everyone
also wants to be in bed by the end of the night. So where is the balance?
What can be done to prevent DUIs this holiday season?
Check out these smart tips to help you avoid a DUI arrest on your record:
Buddy system: Don’t go to a party alone if you intend to drink. Instead, bring
a friend who you are comfortable with driving your car and who is willing
to be your designated driver. This is an age-old tip for any party scene
but it is especially useful during the holidays when officers are looking
in each nook and cranny for drunk drivers.
Taxis to the rescue: Calling a taxi cab is easier than ever due to the advent of cellphone apps like
Lyft. Are you going to partake in the spirits this winter? Download a taxi
app or save a taxi company’s number in your phone beforehand so
you can get a ride when you need it most.
Crashing on couches: Ask the hosts of any party you attend if they would permit you to spend
the night on the couch or guest room before you start drinking. They will
appreciate you asking rather than just assuming, and you will appreciate
sleeping on cushions, rather than behind your wheel.
Extra hint: you can be arrested for a DUI if you are found asleep in the car and
intoxicated, even if you are on the backseat.
No one is incapable of making a mistake, though, and sometimes you do have
more to drink than you realized. If you are arrested for a DUI this holiday
season, despite your careful planning, you don’t need to roll over
and let the criminal justice system crush you with penalties. Stand up
for your rights with the help of Long Beach DUI Attorney Leonard Matsuk
and our firm, the Law Office of Leonard Matsuk. We bring 30+ years of
legal experience and 200+ bench trials under our belts to our defense! Call
562.375.4834 today to learn more about our services.