Every year, friends and family get together to celebrate the holiday season. If you choose to drink while celebrating, please drink responsibly. I want everyone to ring in the New Year safely.

If you are drinking, please have a designated driver. If you don’t have a designated driver then call a friend or a cab. Your loved ones would rather pick you up than have you injured in a car accident.

Another negative impact of drinking while driving is getting charged with a DUI. The penalties for a DUI are significant. If you have an elevated BAC reading, you are looking at mandatory jail time! At the very least, you are looking at a restricted license for an entire year. Many of my clients are surprised at how little it takes to blow a .08. If you blow a .08, the law presumes you are intoxicated. If your BAC is greater than .05 but less than .08 there is no presumption, but you can still be found guilty of driving under the influence.

These circumstances are something no one wants to deal with over the holidays. Stay safe and enjoy the holidays. Wishing you a Happy New Year.

James Short
Chesapeake Personal Injury, Family Law & Criminal Defense Attorney
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