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Celebrating safely: how to avoid OWI charges

On Behalf of | Mar 5, 2021 | Firm News |

While the holidays are a festive and fun time to celebrate, it is important to take the right precautions and remain safe. Many individuals go out celebrating and drinking for St. Patrick’s Day, Independence Day, Christmas and New Year’s Eve. Alcohol is often involved in these festivities, which can lead to problems if you do not have a plan.

Learn how to celebrate safely, avoiding costly OWI charges in the process.

Designate a driver

If you have decided to drink at holiday festivities, a good plan of action is to have a sober designated driver who will not drink at all. Alcohol can impair your reaction time, how well you see and your judgment. Using a taxi, Uber or even a friend who has decided not to drink while driving can be safer methods of transportation that can help you avoid getting an OWI.

Plan to stay over

If the person hosting the party is fine with you staying over, this could be an option that allows you to stay safe and off the road should you choose to drink. That way you are not trying to leave the party in a hurry while you are still under the influence.

Choose nonalcoholic options

Partying does not need to involve alcohol. Choose nonalcoholic drinks, fill up on appetizers, and focus on socializing with friends. That way you can leave whenever you want without the fear of law enforcement pulling you over for an OWI.

If an officer does arrest you because of an OWI, it is important to get legal representation to help you throughout the court process. Planning for events where you know you will drink can help to reduce accidents and OWI-related arrests in Michigan.