Three tips to avoid getting a DUI

Just Criminal Law's Christina Williams shares three tips to avoid getting a DUI.

Hey everybody, Christina Williams, owner of Just Criminal Law, and I want to talk to you a little bit about the upcoming holiday season. I know a lot of us will be celebrating with friends and family, and a lot of times those celebrations involve having a few drinks. I'd like to give you 3 tips today to help you avoid getting a DUI.

Tip number 1 — know your limits. It's not illegal to drink and drive, so if you monitor your alcohol intake, you can still be okay. The general rule is 1 drink per hour, and a drink is considered a 1-and-a-half ounce pour of liquor, 1 beer, or a 4-ounce glass of wine. For example, a 120 pound person can have 1 drink per hour for 2 hours and still be okay to drive, whereas a 200 pound person can have 3 drinks in 3 hours and still be okay to drive. Also, keep in mind, eating a good meal prior to drinking is going to slow down the absorption of alcohol into your system. An example of a good meal would be a steak, baked potato, and some vegetables, along with some bread.

Tip number 2 — I get asked a lot, “What can I do to prevent getting pulled over if I've had a few?” And It only takes a few minutes. What I tell people is walk around your vehicle. Make sure all of your lights are operating correctly, your blinker. Once you get in the car, put your seatbelt on, put your cell phone away, and don't drive distracted. Also, know where you're headed. Know what your destination is and what streets you'll be traveling on and then, pay attention to the speed limit. Something that might not get you pulled over at 2 p.m. in the afternoon, will likely get you pulled over at 2 a.m.

Finally, tip number 3 — What should I do if I get pulled over by law enforcement and I've had a few drinks? Probably one of the single most important things you can do is make sure you have the documents the officer is going to need from you ready to hand to him when he gets to your window. So, I keep my documents in the plastic folder we get from the insurance company in the glove box and that's it. There's no other documents, no other personal belongings, I can just grab those documents, and prior to the officer even getting to my window, I'm holding onto them and ready to hand them to him, without him even asking.

If after all this you unfortunately get a DUI, make sure you plead not guilty until you have the chance to talk to a lawyer. After 15 years of defending clients, I know you really only get one shot at justice, one opportunity to make sure your rights are protected. We know your result matters. Click the link below to schedule a free initial consultation.