Holiday Drinking and DUIs: How to Avoid a Criminal Charge While Celebrating


The holiday season is a festive time for family and friends to get together and celebrate with food, drinks and gifts. Holiday parties and events are in full swing this month, which means there will be an increase in alcohol consumption for many adults. Drinking and driving also increases during this time, which results in a larger chance of receiving a DUI.

In 2017, 40 percent of traffic-related deaths during the holidays were caused by drunk drivers. About 50 percent of people say that alcohol plays a role in their holiday parties and gatherings. If you plan on drinking during the holiday season, follow these tips so you can avoid being pulled over on suspicion of a DUI.

How Can I Avoid a DUI During the Holidays?

  1. Don’t drink and drive. This is the most obvious but most significant tip you can follow. Know that the legal limit for getting charged and/or arrested for a DUI in California is a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of .08 percent or higher, unless you are a minor. Simply being intoxicated or generally affected by alcohol, however, can still be enough of a reason to get pulled over by law enforcement.
  2. Watch your alcohol consumption. If you do plan on drinking at your holiday party, be smart. Eat plenty of food beforehand to delay alcohol absorption and watch the amount of drinks you’re consuming at a given time.
  3. Use a ridesharing service. If you believe that you are too drunk to get behind the wheel, don’t hesitate to call a ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft to take you home. You can always come back later to retrieve your car.
  4. Don’t rely on safe drinking tips. The “one drink an hour” or “drink a cup of water for every drink” tricks should not be entirely relied on, and you can still be arrested for a DUI even if you followed these party rules. Every person metabolizes alcohol differently.
  5. Choose a designated driver. Pick someone you know you can rely on to not drink throughout the night, and who can remain sober.

If you get charged and/or arrested for a DUI in Oakland or Dublin during the holiday season, then you should contact a DUI attorney. Call Garcia, Schnayerson & Thompson today for a free consultation.

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