When you go out to enjoy a night of drinking, the idea is to have fun, not to wind up in jail at the end of the evening. Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol and then getting behind the wheel of a car can be dangerous, and also can get you into serious trouble with the law.
If you want to avoid getting a DUI the next time you’re out on the town, follow our guide to keeping yourself out of this bad situation
- Choose a designated driver: Having a friend or family member on stand by to pick you up from the bars after a night of drinking could save you from massive fines, and more importantly, from jail.
- Consider taking a cab: Cabs can be expensive, but if you take one with friends and split the cost of the ride, the price diminishes. Even riding in a cab alone will be much cheaper than paying the fines you’re required to pay when you are cited for a DUI.
- Stay overnight: If you’re at a party at a friend’s house, or any other private residence, talk to the host of the party about crashing on their couch for the night. You can pack an overnight bag, sleep at the residence where you’re drinking, and then wake up sober enough to drive the next morning.
- Buy a breathalyzer: Even if you don’t feel drunk, and you feel that you can drive, your blood alcohol content could be telling you otherwise. Buying a breathalyzer for your keychain could save you from getting a DUI citation.
- Have everything in order: If you do choose to drive after a night of drinking, be sure that everything you need is in order in case you get pulled over. Have your license readily available, and your registration and insurance card in an envelope in your dashboard so you don’t have to fumble around for it.
If you are caught driving under the influence, hiring a firm to take your case to court might be your best option. The lawyers at the Law Office of Bruce Robinson have years of combined experience with drunk driving laws in Maryland. These DUI lawyers can help you fight fines and jail time if you feel you have been wrongly cited.
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