Receiving a DUI charge is a serious crime anywhere in the country, including Connecticut. Operating a vehicle under the influence, which is anything over a .08% BAC, can result in a maximum prison sentence of six months, up to a $1,000 fine, a license suspension of 45 days, a one-year IID requirement and a term of probation. Not to mention, you also face higher insurance rates and possible trouble finding a job.
To help you stay out of handcuffs, here are 7 easy tips to follow on a night out:
- Choose a reliable designated driver: If you plan on drinking, select a designated driver…who will not drink. A designated driver needs to understand their obligation and uphold their end of the bargain. The driver should know everyone’s addresses and have a valid license.
- Order an Uber or Lyft: Thanks to the advent of ridesharing services, you can order a car to pick you up and drop you off anywhere you want, in a matter of minutes. All you need is a smartphone and you and your friends or family can go where you need without getting behind the wheel.
- Use public transportation: Ah yes, good ol’ public transportation. If ridesharing prices are out of control or your phone is dead, you can always take the train or bus to a bar or restaurant.
- Sleep over: If your destination is far from your home, make arrangements to sleep somewhere close if you plan on drinking. You could stay at a friend’s house or book a hotel without worrying about how you would get back to your house.
- Don’t drink: Staying sober is the easiest way to avoid getting arrested for DUI. Instead of alcohol, sip on water, soda, juice, or an energy drink on your night out.
- Eat before you plan on drinking: If you plan on having a few drinks and driving, your stomach should be full. This ensures that you do not get trashed since it helps better absorb alcohol.
- Cut off the alcohol early: No one is stopping you from drinking, but if you want to drive, it’s smart to stop drinking a few hours before getting in the car.
Taking the necessary precautions protects people from getting caught for drinking and driving and getting hurt. No one wants to get on the road and make a mistake that could change your life forever. However, if you are arrested for DUI, our Connecticut DUI attorneys at The Sills Law Firm can help you sort out your case and potentially minimize the consequences you face. We have over 24 years of combined experience to bring to your corner.