2013 is upon us. That means celebrating the New Year with friends and family. One thing that will quickly ruin any celebration is a Florida driving under the influence charge. And if you do get behind the wheel post-celebration on December 31st, then your chances of getting caught are higher than almost any other night. That’s right, road-side stops, heavy patrolling and drunk driver tips are all increased on New Year’s Eve. Even the slightest hint of intoxication will inspire the police to test you for a DUI during this holiday time. So even if you know that you are fine after a single cocktail, reconsider getting behind the wheel on December 31st.
One of the easiest ways to avoid a Florida New Years driving under the influence charge is to plan ahead. That means, figure out how you will drink without driving while you ring in 2013 before you are out and about for the night. And lucky for you, there are many great options to choose from. The first and most obvious option is to find a sober driver to take you around for the night. Whether just going from your house to a party and back or bouncing between many parties throughout the night, choose a designated driver or hire a taxi or car service for the evening. If you are going around with the same group of friends all evening, then it is easy to save money by splitting the total cost. If you decide to just take a taxi throughout the night, make sure to put a couple different phone numbers in your phone in case one gets too busy.
Another fantastic option for avoiding a Florida DUI is to get a hotel near your party location for the evening. Florida has so many great hotels and many of them have special last-minute rates for you to enjoy. Check your favorite travel site and find a hotel that you can walk to from your party and remove the need to get behind the wheel all together.
Good news! Every option for avoiding a New Years Eve DUI is much cheaper than having to deal with a DUI. The fines and penalties associated with a Florida driving under the influence conviction can be devastating and completely unnecessary. Even first-time DUI offenders face potential jail time, heavy fines, probation, community service and license suspension. Multiple DUI convictions just mean harsher penalties and heavier fines. We know you want to have a good time celebrating the New Year. That good time should not land you in jail at the end of the night. If you have recently been charged with driving under the influence in Florida, the law firm of Finebloom & Haenel P.A. can help you. We have years of experience defending DUI’s and will work hard to get you the best results possible. Give us a call today for a free consultation.
Have a happy, healthy and legal New Year!