With a little planning, most unpleasant situations can be avoided. For example, if you had to write a check to Uncle Sam earlier this year (even after having taxes held out of your paycheck each pay period), then you might consider changing your withholding to avoid having to pay extra taxes again next year. Or, if you went on a date and it turned out horribly, maybe a dating service or letting a good friend “set you up” is a good idea. There are all kinds of ways to change the outcome of a potentially bad situation, and advance planning is the first step to get you there.

Everyone enjoys going out after a long day at work, or at the end of the workweek, but many times this can lead to drinking and driving and possible DUI charges. Three ways to avoid a DUI, and three things you can do before going out to help make sure you aren’t the one pulled over include:

  • Designate a driver for your party: if everyone in your group intends on drinking, find a friend or family member who is willing to stay sober and give you a lift home. Taking turns can help make it easier to be the designated driver, and can also help you avoid getting pulled over and arrested for DUI.
  • Use a driving service: call a cab, get an Uber, or call Lyft to take you home if you have had too much to drink. Many of these services can be called on an as needed basis, and do not require you to call hours in advance for a safe ride. To make it even easier, most ride services have an app you can download on your phone, so all you have to do is tap the screen and request a ride.
  • Walk: if you live within walking distance of your destination, consider walking home after a night out with friends. A word of caution here, stay in a group to ensure your safety!

These tips can help you get home without incident, and avoid a DUI. But, we understand that there are times when life just simply happens and even the best planning does not prevent you from an arrest. If you have been arrested for DUI, don’t despair. Most cases can be successfully defended, and with the right defense attorney by your side you can come out of the ordeal relatively unscathed. Call us today for a review of your case, and let us help protect your rights and keep you out of jail.

For help with questions about probation, call a competent criminal defense attorney in Stuart and the Treasure Coast for help. We offer representation for a wide range of offenses, call us to schedule an appointment.