As 2016 St. Patrick’s Day weekend approaches, a number of people
are getting ready to have a grand ole’ time at the local pub and
enjoy some green beers with friends. While this can be good fun, it is
imperative for people to remember to drink responsibly and take steps
to avoid an untimely St. Patrick’s Day arrest for
driving while intoxicated (DWI). Law enforcement is sure to be out in full force with local patrols and
sobriety checkpoints in search of intoxicated drivers. Our firm has put
together a list of tips that can help keep you out of cuffs!
If you plan on drinking this St. Patrick’s Day, remember to do the
1. Do not drink and drive: It goes without saying that the only surefire way to avoid a DWI is to
avoid drinking and driving altogether. If you plan on drinking, either
make arrangements to have a sober friend drive you home, call a cab, or
stay where you are. Whatever fees you may pay in cab fare will always
be better than the thousands of dollars in fines from a DWI. Remember,
you do not have to consume alcohol in order to have fun! Instead of a
beer or a cocktail, try opting for a soda or “mocktail” instead.
2. Pace yourself: Keep your blood alcohol concentration to a minimum by limiting yourself
to one drink per hour and only drinking with plenty of food in your stomach.
Make sure you drink plenty of water and refrain from “chugging”
your drinks to mediate the way your body reacts to alcohol. It is imperative
to remember, however, that everyone’s body processes alcohol differently
and will exhibit different levels of intoxication based on their gender,
weight, and rate of consumption.
3. Drive safely: If you absolutely must drive yourself home after drinking alcohol, which
we do not condone under any circumstances, make sure you only do so after
waiting a considerable amount of time and have sobered up to a point where
you can safely get yourself home. It is important to note that even if
you obey all traffic laws on your way home, if a police officer pulls
you over and smells alcohol on your breath, you could still find yourself
in the back of a squad car.
Arrested? Contact a Springfield DWI Lawyer
If you should be arrested for DWI this upcoming St. Patrick’s Day
weekend, it is vital you contact a Springfield DWI attorney from Worsham
Law Firm as soon as possible to defend yourself against serious legal
consequences. With more than 20 years of
criminal defense experience and invaluable insight as a former prosecutor, our firm can
provide the hard-hitting defense you need to maximize your chances of
securing a desirable outcome for your situation.
Call (417) 658-4172 or
contact us online today to review your legal options.