Facing charges for driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs can be extremely stressful and may have a substantial effect on your life. DUI cases may drag on for months, while you are constantly wondering if you will be convicted or what the potential consequences may be. Whether you decide to plead guilty or fight your charge, defendants have very little control over their fate in a DUI case. For this reason, having an experienced DUI defense attorney to advise you and help you navigate the legal system is imperative.
Avoid a DUI Charge
The easiest way to avoid a DUI charge is to avoid drunk or drugged driving altogether. While this advice may seem painfully obvious, you would be surprised how many drivers fail to follow it. In Colorado alone, tens of thousands of people are arrested for DUI every year. The following are some tips to avoid risking a traffic stop, arrest, and charges for DUI.
- Make advance plans for the end of the night. If you know that you will be drinking and will need to get home or to another location afterward, plan ahead to make sure you have a safe method of transportation. This can include designating a sober driver, calling a taxi, or taking other forms of public transportation. It is always a good idea to have the number of a cab company and extra money on hand if you are heading out for the night.
- Drink in moderation. The amount of drinks that may impair you behind the wheel varies greatly from individual to individual, due to factors such as weight, tolerance, medications, and much more. You should always be aware of your own personal tolerance and how many drinks it takes you to reach your limit. Even if your blood alcohol content (BAC) is less than the legal limit of 0.08 percent, an officer may still arrest you and you may face charges for driving while ability impaired (DWAI) if your BAC is over 0.05 percent and the officer believes you were impaired.
- Take steps to keep your BAC low. Many factors can affect your how quickly your BAC rises. First, make sure you do not drink on an empty stomach. Very few drinks can affect your BAC if you have no food in your system. Also, slow down your rate of drinking. The body processes alcohol at a rate of roughly one drink per hour (again, this varies from individual to individual), so you should allow your body time to process each drink.
- Hand your keys over if you have had too much. If you do overindulge in drinking, you should always err on the safe side and hand over the keys. Pride in such situations can end up costing you a lot of money in fines, your driving privileges, and even your freedom.
Though you should always follow these and other steps to avoid DUI, many people are still arrested for and charged with DUI or DWAI in the Denver area. If you are facing a DUI, always call experienced Denver DUI attorney Jay Tiftickjian for assistance as soon as possible.