With Labor Day weekend upon us, the majority of Americans will be enjoying the three-day weekend by celebrating, barbecuing, going on vacations, and doing various summer outings before the arrival of fall.
However, if you plan on drinking, it is imperative that you take extra precaution if you are considering getting behind the wheel. Every year, hundreds of individuals have been involved in fatal drunk driving accidents in the United States.
So during long these long, holiday weekends, Nashville law enforcement increases their patrol on the streets and assigns a plethora of DUI checkpoints to deter residents from driving while intoxicated. A first-time DUI conviction is punishable by a maximum jail sentence of 11 months and 29 days, fines of up to $1,500, and a one-year license suspension.
The following are helpful tips to avoid getting arrested for a DUI in Nashville, TN:
- Spend the night. If you had too much to drink at a friend’s or family member’s place, plan on staying the night. Not only do avoid having to drive home at night, but you can keep the party going!
- Have a designated driver. Designate a friend or family member to be a sober driver. He or she is responsible for driving everyone safely home at the end of the festivities. Make sure you tell him or her well in advance, before the weekend even starts.
- Take a cab or a ride-sharing service. Whether you use a taxi service or contacting an Uber or Lyft driver, not having to depend on driving around prevents you from drinking and driving. It is better to spend the extra cash instead of a few mandatory nights in jail.
- Party at home. What better way than to spend the weekend at your home and let the fun come to you! Even though you do not have to worry about getting home safely, you must coordinate rides for those who are coming over or even set-up sleeping arrangements.
Obtain Legal Representation from Collins Law Firm this Labor Day
If you were arrested over the Labor Day Weekend, our Nashville DUI attorneys could help you get your charges reduced, or your case entirely dismissed. We will investigate your arrest, gather evidence, and determine if police followed proper protocol to develop an aggressive and relentless defense strategy just for you. Do not hesitate to get our experienced legal counsel as soon as possible.