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DUI Madness

The holiday season is over. And football weekends have come to an end. So ends the first “high risk” season for dui’s. But another is right around the corner—March Madness.

At the first hint of spring, everyone is ready to get out and party. They meet after work (or even during work) to watch the basketball tournaments. The happy hours help bridge the gap until the weather changes. For those that drink water and soft drinks, no problem. But beer goes a lot better with the bar food.

The problem is that people generally don’t take a taxi to work. And when the game party ends, they don’t think twice about driving home. After all, it’s only 6 or 7 at night.

There is no quicker way to ruin a basketball celebration than a dui or ovi. It’s no fun to catch the end of the game at the police station waiting for a wife, mom, girlfriend, husband to pick you up after a dui arrest.

The police know the game. It’s their job. Fishermen go fishing where the fish are. Police look for drunk drivers where they are most likely to be (and when they are most likely to be there). Despite rationalizations to the contrary, it’s perfectly fair for police to patrol near the sports bars after game time. That’s where they are likely to catch drunk drivers and get them off the streets.

There’s a simple fix to this problem. Take a cab home. Confess to your loved one that you had to leave the car at the bar because you met your friends for a few drinks. The argument for that will be far better than the fight about a drunk driving case. Or, infinitely worse, imagine the consequences of hurting yourself or someone else. These are life changers.

We defend alcohol-related cases routinely. Even the simple cases can get complicated. The problem now is that there are so many lawyers advertising their services, people don’t know who to chose.

The first step is to look for a solid referral. Ask around. Someone will know an attorney. Then, most important, don’t make a rash decision. Meet with the lawyer. Meet with several lawyers. Find the right one. Your gut instincts here are helpful. We have heard many people tell us (after it’s too late), “I knew I shouldn’t have hired that person.”

Remember, an attorney is providing professional services, and he or she should act that way. The cheapest choice is not always the best choice. Find an attorney that knows the court system where you are accused. Ask questions, and gauge the responses you get. You should be able to develop a feel as to whether you are in the right place.

Finally, the best way to avoid an dui, OVI, (or something far worse) is to plan ahead. You won’t get caught if you don’t get behind the wheel. Enjoy the spring season safely and responsibly.

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