The number of people who will be traveling, attending parties, and heading
out for an evening of drinking and eating during the holidays is higher
than other times of the year. It is much more likely for someone to be
arrested for driving while intoxicated. An unfortunate reality is that the number
of drunk driving arrests and alcohol-related collisions tends to happen
frequently during the holiday season, spanning from before Thanksgiving,
to Christmas, and to New Year’s Day.
Fort Bend DWI attorney and founder of the
Law Office of John L. Venza Jr., I am dedicated to helping those clients who are facing serious criminal
charges, particularly DWI and other cases related to intoxication while
driving. Below, I offer some of my tips and advice that may help prevent
an arrest for DWI.
Keep the legal limit in mind.
In Texas, the legal limit for any driver aged 21 and above is 0.08% blood-alcohol
concentration, which is the amount of alcohol contained in the blood.
Drivers can face even steeper penalties if their BAC totals 0.15% or more.
Drivers under the age of 21 face even more serious consequences, as law
enforcement has a no-tolerance policy with regards to underage drinking
Practice safe driving techniques.
While this may seem the most obvious, obeying all of the traffic and safety
laws should be your priority. Do not allow yourself to become distracted
by the radio, your cell phone, or even other passengers in the vehicle.
Be smart about your drinking choices.
You know your body best and how it handles alcohol. You know how much one
beer or one glass of wine can affect you. The rate at which your body
metabolizes alcohol will be based on many variables, and will certainly
be different than another person’s. Eating food and staying hydrated
can help offset some of the effects of alcohol, so that your body does
not absorb the alcohol too quickly.
Find a designated driver.
Before heading out for the evening, make a plan and appointment someone
to be your group’s designated driver. Or, catch a cab, Lyft, Uber,
or another rideshare service to ensure that no one holding the car keys.
Book a hotel room or stay with a friend.
It might not hurt to ask if your friend or relative to stay over in their
home for the evening. Or, you can try to rent a motel room; although this
option might cost more, it can save you thousands of dollars, prevent
you from facing DWI charges, and most importantly, ensure your safety,
as well as the safety of others on the road.
Contact a Fort Bend DWI Attorney Today
For more on DWI laws in Texas, please do not hesitate to contact my
Fort Bend criminal defense firm for legal counsel. I can walk ou through all of the steps involved in
the criminal process. If you have been charged, I will not hesitate to
see your case through to trial and beyond. My hope is that I can find
some relief from the charges you are facing and fight to help you get
the outcome you deserve.
Call my defense firm (281) 817-8737 to schedule a
free case evaluation.