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‘Tis the Season… for DUI Arrests

As we all know, there are a lot of parties around the holidays. It’s the end of the year and people want to celebrate with food, friends and, of course, alcoholic beverages.

Fully aware of our tendency as a culture to imbibe during this time of year, it is typical for law enforcement to step up their routine as a way to better protect the public and get intoxicated drivers off the streets.

As a result, we generally see an increase in DUI arrests during November, December and early January.

Check and Double-Check Your Vehicle

During this time of year, I advise my clients to thoroughly inspect their vehicles and be very careful when driving. Police are much more likely to pull over a driver for something that might be overlooked during other times of the year.

For example, an officer might normally look the other way if he or she spots a broken/burned out taillight. But during the holidays, a missing tail light can get you pulled over – and if you have a whiff of alcohol on your breath, you will be asked to go through DUI protocol and have to deal with any repercussions.

Take a moment to check that your taillights and headlights are functioning properly, make sure your plates are current, make sure that your car doesn’t spew excessive exhaust, be sure that your license and registration are up-to-date, and make sure you have your current proof of insurance documentation.

Taking some time out of your day to address these small issues is much less of a hassle than having to deal with a DUI or DWAI arrest.

Drive Very Carefully at all Times

Even if you’re stone-cold sober, be attentive when you drive during the holidays, especially at night. Eliminate distractions like cell phones and playing with the radio dial excessively.

As we all know, there are a lot of parties around the holidays. It’s the end of the year and people want to celebrate with food, friends and, of course, alcoholic beverages.

Fully aware of our tendency as a culture to imbibe during this time of year, it is typical for law enforcement to step up their routine as a way to better protect the public and get intoxicated drivers off the streets.

As a result, we generally see an increase in DUI arrests during November, December and early January.

The police are known for pulling over drivers that neglect to use turn signals (a mistake which might usually be overlooked), that drive too fast or too slow. It’s also not a good time of year to decide that a yellow light means you should speed through the light.

If you do get pulled over, follow the rules I always tell my clients:

When the officer asks you, “Do you know why I pulled you over?” say “no.” The officer knows why he or she pulled you over. Anything you admit to can be used against you.

Do not agree to roadside tests (which are subjective) and explain that you want to cooperate, but your mean, nasty attorney told you not to do these tests, and do not agree that the officer can search your car.

Use Your Judgment and Be Safe

This holiday season, use your best judgment and make safety a priority. There are much worse things that result from driving under the influence than getting pulled over, e.g., death, serious injury, property damage, etc. The best advice is that you shouldn’t drink and drive. However, if you follow this advice, you may avoid an arrest.

If you are dealing with a DUI arrest, expert advice is the best next step. Don’t go through it alone. Call our office today at (720) 999-9506 to set up a free consultation with our experienced criminal defense lawyers.