Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Avoid a Maryland DUI Arrest This New Year’s Eve

With the Christmas holiday behind us, we all have New Years to look forward to celebrating.  Drivers should be aware that New Year’s Eve is the holiday with the most arrests made for suspicion of drinking and driving.  This also means that a large number of police officers will be out looking for any sign of someone driving under the influence of alcohol and will not hesitate to pull you over.  A majority of people either attend parties where alcohol is served or go out to a restaurant/bar where alcohol is served.  Celebratory champagne toasts at midnight are hard to avoid no matter where you are.  Portner & Shure wants to help you avoid a DUI arrest on New Year’s Eve with the following tips:

1.      Most importantly, if you drove to your party destination and are drinking alcohol, do not drive home or to your next destination.  The best option is to call a cab, Uber, or Lyft to transport you safely.  Another option is to have a designated driver who plans on not consuming alcohol.

2.      If you do drink, limit the number of drinks you consume.  People tend to make unwise decisions, such as drinking and driving, when they drink too much alcohol.  If you plan on drinking on New Year’s Eve, pace yourself and know your limit.

3.      Make a plan in advance to assure you have a fun, but safe evening.  Whether your plans include taking a cab, Uber, or Lyft to reach your destination or staying in a hotel for the night to avoid driving at all, it is important to make a plan to avoid drinking and driving.

4.      Remember to eat before drinking alcohol.  The more food you eat, the less room there is for alcohol in your stomach.  Food also helps to soak up the alcohol to minimize its effects on the body.

5.      Just be smart.  Heavy amounts of alcohol can negatively affect a person’s judgment and can lead to DUIs, or even worse, a deadly car accident caused by drunk driver.  Let’s make sure everyone is safe and lives to see what 2015 has to offer.
If you have been arrested for a DUI/DWI it is important that you consult an experienced Maryland DUI attorney immediately because DUI is a criminal offense and carries potentially severe penalties.  An experienced attorney can guide you through the court process and find any possible defenses that can either mitigate the penalties in the case, or in some instances, lead to an acquittal or dismissal. 

If you or a family member has been charged with DUI or DWI in Maryland and would like a free legal consultation or if you would like more information on DUI or DWI please feel free to contact our office at (301) 854-9000 or visit us on the web at

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