Are you planning a big night out? Do you know how you are getting back home? It’s a situation many of us have found ourselves in at one time or another, and despite your confidence at getting behind the wheel, the answer is not to drive yourself home if you have been drinking.
Before you begin drinking, appoint a sober driver. While it may not be an easy favor to ask, choosing someone to be the designated driver can help you avoid serious legal and medical consequences.
- No Risk of Legal Ramifications: Designating a sober driver eliminates the risk of being charged with a DUI or the other legal consequences of drunk driving. If you are pulled over by a police officer while intoxicated, you may have to prepare yourself for a night in jail and a criminal hearing. Depending on the severity of the DUI charge, consequences range from a permanent mark on your record and long-term license suspension to a lengthy jail sentence.
- Avoid Potential Injuries: In addition to the legal ramifications outlined above, drunk driving can result in serious bodily injury to yourself and others. Intoxicated driving impairs your reflexes, sense of direction, and judgment. By not having a sober driver take you to your destination, you are endangering yourself and those whom you encounter on the road.
- Enjoy Your Evening: By choosing a designated driver, you are free to enjoy your evening without having to worry about how you will get home. Return the favor on a future outing, and rest easier knowing that you are avoiding the financial, legal, emotional, and physical repercussions of a DUI arrest or traffic accident.
For more information about DUIs in Colorado and Denver, please contact The Orr Law Firm. The Orr Law Firm, L.L.C. is Colorado’s premier DUI defense law firm and focuses exclusively on DUI and criminal traffic defense. Call us today at (720) 279-9588.
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