Like many people in Georgia, you like to unwind after a hard day’s work by having a few drinks with your co-workers, or one of your favorite activities might be going to the bar on the weekend with friends. While there is nothing wrong with having a good time, you could run into trouble the moment you get behind the wheel after drinking alcohol. As you know, drunk driving can result in numerous consequences, including motor vehicle accidents and criminal charges.
Maybe you have avoided an arrest so far by not drinking and driving or being careful only to have one drink, keeping your blood alcohol content under the legal limit of 0.08 percent. You might have even driven home tipsy a few times and managed to be lucky by not getting pulled over. However, this kind of luck rarely holds for long. You may also understand that the best intentions can go south after having a few drinks. You can safely and legally avoid a DUI in the following ways:
- Decide ahead of time how much you plan to drink, and involve a friend in helping you stay within your limit.
- Take turns with your friends in designating a sober driver.
- Call a taxi or a sober friend for a ride if you are too drunk to drive.
- Host parties occasionally at your home, where you can take guests’ keys, provide non-alcoholic beverages as well as booze and offer a safe place for inebriated friends to stay until they sober up.
- Never provide alcohol to minors at your home or anywhere else, which can also result in a criminal charge for you.
Avoiding a DUI by making wise choices would be ideal. However, people sometimes make mistakes despite the best intentions. When facing charges, you have the right to a competent defense.