The holiday season is fast approaching, which means more individuals are likely to get behind the wheel intoxicated. Based on the statistics, Georgia law enforcement are actively looking for drivers that may be operating a vehicle under the influence. While law enforcement are doing their best to keep us all safe, there are instances of drivers being wrongly accused of DUI. If you know you’ll be driving sober this holiday season, great. What if you’ve only had one drink and your breath has even the slightest scent of alcohol? Whether you are driving under the influence or not, you could find yourself in an unfortunate situation even after one drink.
If your holiday plans involve alcohol, follow these four steps.
- Don’t Drink on an Empty Stomach
The consumption of food delays the absorption of alcohol, thus preventing a spike in intoxication.
- “One Drink an Hour” May Not Work
Everybody reacts to alcohol differently, and the “rule” of drinking one drink per hour does not guarantee you’re sober enough to drive.
- Make a Plan
Always have a plan prior to drinking. Have a reliable designated driver on speed dial or make plans to take an Uber. You may even decide to get a room after a night out.
- Recognize the Signs of Intoxication
Since you may be impaired, it’s best to ask a friend or waiter/bartender for their input before getting behind the wheel. Signs include sweating, flushed skin, slurred or lour speech, changes in vision, and inability to walk in a straight line.
We all make mistakes. If you find yourself behind the wheel, pull over immediately and call for help. If you’re pulled over by law enforcement, follow these steps and contact an attorney immediately.
- If you are pulled over for DUI, you want to remain calm and think clearly.
- Cooperate with the officer(s). Arguing will only make the matter worse.
- If you’re pulled over for DUI, it’s important to know that you don’t have to answer the officer’s questions. You have the right to speak to an attorney first, but you should be polite in your refusal.
- Don’t give more information than is necessary. The information provided can be used against you, so keep talking to a minimum.
- You can refuse to take the field sobriety test, but it can result in a suspension of your driver’s license under “implied consent” laws. It is also more likely you’ll be arrested and taken into custody.
- You will have to take some form of test. We recommend choosing the breathalyzer over the blood or urine.
- Report everything to your attorney. The more he or she knows, the better your attorney can defend you.
You may also want to review our posts regarding breathalyzer myths and field sobriety tests. The easiest way to avoid a DUI is to avoid getting behind the wheel intoxicated. If you find yourself in this unfortunate situation, give our office a call at 678-250-5449. We’ll review your case, present your options, and fight for the best possible outcome.