Summertime brings with it warmer weather and trips to the water or over to a friend’s house for a backyard barbeque or picnic. Most times these events include alcohol, which can mean an increased risk of being pulled over for DUI on your way home. The moment those police cruiser lights go on and you hear the siren signaling you to pull over, the memories of the good times you just left quickly being to fade. Nothing kills a good time worse than a bad ending, and getting a DUI is certainly a bad way to end your night or other festivities. With the 4th of July right around the corner you can bet the police will be out in full force, looking for suspicious activity and taking every opportunity to “crack down” on DUI and other traffic violations.

In order to have a safe and happy holiday, and avoid a DUI charge, take time before heading out to make sure of the following things:

  • You have a safe ride home, even if that means getting a taxi or relying on Uber to get you to your final destination or designating a driver.
  • Plan something that does not require travel, whether that means staying at home or letting guests stay the night at your house.
  • Making sure any medication you are on will not have an adverse interaction with any alcohol you consume. Sometimes certain substances can enhance the effect of alcohol in your system and cause you to reach the legal limit in a matter of even just one drink. Knowing how your medication might interact with other things will help you avoid this result.

Even if you take these, or other precautions, there is still the chance you will be charged with DUI if you drink and then drive. If that happens it is stressful, but not the end of the world. Many first time offenders are able to negotiate manageable probationary terms, and even second or subsequent offenders can reach satisfactory results in their case. The key is to take a deep breath as soon as you can, and call on the help of an experienced DUI defense attorney right away. The faster you take action the quicker your case will be resolved and the sooner you will feel some relief from the anxiety caused by being arrested for DUI. We have helped others in your situation before and can help you too.


For more information about DUI cases, call our office today. Contact us today schedule an appointment with an experienced criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast. The first visit is a free initial consultation.