Whether you are excited about a position you recently accepted, the birth of a child, marriage or any other milestone in life, you likely want to celebrate with friends and family members. Many people go out for drinks or have a get-together at home where alcohol is present. Unfortunately, some people consume too much alcohol and find themselves in a tough position as a result of DUI charges.
Needless to say, drunk driving charges often shatter any feelings of excitement and happiness. Moreover, some people face harsh penalties that jeopardize the accomplishments they were celebrating (such as a job they were recently offered). According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1.4 percent of Georgia drivers reported operating a vehicle after drinking too much in 2012.
Taking steps to avoid DUI charges
Even if you only consume a small amount of alcohol, it is crucial to recognize the laws and make sure you avoid driving if you are over the legal limit. For those under the age of 21, zero-tolerance laws mean that any amount of alcohol in a driver’s system can lead to DUI charges. Moreover, some people do not realize that they are barely over the legal limit, whether they are not familiar with the effects of alcohol or they do not realize how much they had to drink (such as someone who had a mixed drink in which the alcohol content was unclear).
Taking the right approach to a drunk driving case
Drunk driving charges are very serious and it is vital to approach your case with care. Sometimes, people overlook details that seem insignificant, even though these details can play a key role in the outcome of the case. Moreover, some people are falsely accused of driving drunk, such as those who face charges due to a faulty breathalyzer test. Make sure you review all of your options and do not let feelings of anxiety or despair interfere with your defense.