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Don’t Let DUI Become a Holiday Tradition

December 15, 2017

During the holiday season, there are more people on the road in Southern Arizona as seasonal residents return to enjoy the mild winter temperatures. The holidays also bring about more parties and celebrations that increase the odds of encountering intoxicated drivers on the road. In Arizona, DUI is taken very seriously, and the state has some of the strictest penalties for those convicted. Without a lawyer on your side, you might face steep fines, jail time, and a suspended license if you get pulled over for driving under the influence. To prevent DUI from becoming part of your holiday traditions, consider the following points.

DUI patrols increase around the holidays.
When you drive home from your office holiday party or family celebrations, you may notice many more police officers on the road than usual. There may also be more DUI checkpoints on busy travel routes, because patrols will see an uptick as the holidays get into full swing.

There is no safe level of intoxication for driving.
It’s always better to be safe than sorry when it comes to getting behind the wheel. If you plan to drink at all at a holiday event, plan for a safe ride home, whether that’s carpooling, taking a cab, or calling a rideshare service. If you are an employer hosting a holiday event serving alcohol, provide employees with safe transportation to mitigate liability concerns.

DUI charges can be costly.
You’re probably already spending more money around the holidays, so a DUI should be the last thing you have to worry about paying for. Unfortunately, a DUI conviction can cost thousands of dollars between fines, legal fees, and higher insurance rates.

If you are facing DUI charges, don’t hesitate to talk to a criminal defense attorney serving Tucson. Janet Altschuler can bring 20 years of experience to your case, and you can schedule a free consultation with her by calling (520) 247-1789.