With the holiday season in full swing, Dallas residents are gearing up to celebrate with family and friends. Although this is one of the most enjoyable times of the year, there is a spike in criminal activity over the holidays – particularly drunk driving. If Texas police arrest you for driving while intoxicated, then one of your first calls should be to a DWI attorney.
According to the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, Texas regularly conducts holiday crackdown programs for DWI and reckless drivers. In previous years, police used high visibility enforcement and ran widespread advertising campaigns in order to reduce the number of DWIs. This year is likely to be the same.
Unfortunately, honest people can make mistakes. If you wind up behind bars for drunk driving, then contact a Dallas DWI attorney from the Law Offices of Robert Gregg. Mr. Gregg can evaluate your arrest and structure a defense based on your unique circumstances. Call us today at (214) 891-7536 to schedule a consultation.
In the meantime, read on to learn three tips for avoiding a DWI arrest on New Year’s Eve:
- Know Your Limit
If you have a blood alcohol concentration greater than 0.08 percent – or 0.04 percent for commercial drivers – then Texas police can charge you with DWI, according to the Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. There are many factors that can influence your BAC, so you should avoid driving after even one alcoholic beverage.
If you do decide to drink and drive, then you should not consume more than one beverage per hour. One drink includes a 12-fluid-ounce can of regular beer, a 5-fluid-ounce glass of table wine, or a 1.5-fluid-ounce shot of 80-proof liquor. However, some people’s BAC may be over the limit with just one drink per hour, so it is best to avoid consuming alcohol altogether if you intend to drive.
- Skip the Alcohol
If you are driving on New Year’s Eve, then the only way to guarantee that you will not face a DWI is not to drink at all. A little responsibility can help you avoid thousands of dollars in legal fees and fines, as well as time behind bars and a loss of driving privileges.
- Organize Alternate Transport Plans
If you want to enjoy the New Year’s Eve celebrations with a few drinks, then consider arranging transportation. You can appoint a designated driver in your family or circle of friends, and rotate this on a regular basis.
You can also take a cab or use the AAA’s Tipsy Tow. Tipsy Tow will get you, your family and your car home safely. In some parts of the country, this is a free service for AAA members.
When to Contact a Local DWI Lawyer
If you are facing DWI charges, then contact a Dallas DWI attorney from the Law Offices of Robert Gregg. Call us today at (214) 891-7536 to schedule a consultation.