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How to avoid a DUI on St. Patrick’s Day

On Behalf of | Mar 15, 2022 | Criminal Defense |

St. Patrick’s Day is one of the biggest drinking holidays in The United States. Green beer flows all day long, starting in the early morning, and the celebrations continue long into the night. Between all of the parties and festivities, it’s easy to overindulge in alcoholic beverages.

While your plan is to simply have fun, this is a time to exercise caution. If you drink and then get behind the wheel of a car, you could be facing a DUI. Before you head out, consider letting someone else do the driving. 

How you can get home safely after the party is over

One way to avoid a DUI is to appoint a designated driver for the night. If you have a friend who is willing to take on this responsibility let them know you appreciate it by sending them food and non-alcoholic drinks. There are also some bars that will provide free sodas to the designated driver.

If you don’t have a designated driver, let Uber or Lyft do the driving for you. Have a car give you and your friends a ride to and from the party. The money you will spend on a car service is worthwhile if it means you will get home safely – and far less than what a drunk driving charge will cost.

Beware the consequences of a drunk driving mistake

Should you decide to do the driving, understand this: If you drink and drive and end up getting a DUI in South Dakota you can expect a stiff sentence of up to one year in jail, a fine of up to $2,000, and your driving privileges will be revoked for a minimum of 30 days and up to one year. 

If you are facing a DUI charge following your St. Patrick’s day celebration, reach out to an experienced legal guide who can help you navigate the charges.