Being pulled over for a DUI can be an alarming and stressful experience. Not only do you have to deal with the various social stigmas associated with being arrested, you also need to prepare for the inevitable legal fallout. If you’re convicted in court, you could face jail time, excessive fines, license suspension, and even mandatory counseling. These penalties can increase depending on the number of DUI convictions you have on your criminal record and if your actions endangered the lives of others. Once a DUI conviction is listed on your criminal record, it can haunt every job interview, housing prospect, and educational opportunity you’re interested in.
Regardless of circumstances, it’s never safe or acceptable to drive if you’ve been drinking. Alcohol dangerously impairs your coordination skills and hinders your ability to make safe judgements. The last thing you want is injure or kill another person because you’re driving under the influence. Fortunately, in this modern era, there are countless arrangements and transportation alternatives that can keep you both safe and out of handcuffs.
Whether you’re planning a night out on the town or just happen to find yourself imbibing, consider these alternatives before taking the wheel:
- Hire a ridesharing service like Lyft or Uber to transport you to and from the location
- Stick with friends and have someone be a designated driver
- Call a friend or family member to pick you up
- Spend the night at a friend’s place
- Use public transportation
While it may be tempting to just walk home, this isn’t necessarily your safest option. As previously stated, drinking alcohol can seriously impair your judgement and coordination skills. Each year, many intoxicated pedestrians are hit by cars just because they ignored traffic signals or chose to jaywalk. Per Virginia’s negligence laws, an injured person will not be awarded damages in a lawsuit if they are considered partially, equally, or wholly responsible for an incident.
Charged with a DUI? Schedule a Consultation
You don’t have to face this legal struggle alone. If you’ve been charged with a DUI offense, contact the trial-tested Virginia Beach DUI defense attorney at The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller. During your free consultation, we can discuss your case and plan a litigation strategy that protects your legal rights.
Contact The Law Offices of Daniel J. Miller at (757) 517-2942 to schedule a free consultation.