DUI Arrest and Conviction
02 Apr
Author: Colin Maher
Date: 2015-04-02
Categories: Traffic

How to Avoid a DUI Arrest and Conviction

The first and best strategy for avoiding a DUI arrest and conviction is to not drive after drinking…at all…even if you’ve only had one beer. The cost, inconvenience and drama that can ensue from a drunk driving arrest make a taxi fare one of the best investments you’ll ever make.

Here are few statistics regarding risk that you’ll want to consider before drinking and driving:



21-24 Years Old

25-34 Years Old

35 to 44 Years Old

Drunk Driver Fatalities (2011)




Source:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Who is most likely to drive under the influence of alcohol or drugs?

Individuals between 21 and 34 years of age; repeat offenders or chronic impaired drivers — individuals who drive repeatedly after drinking and often do so with high amounts of alcohol in their blood; and underage drinkers between the ages of 15 and 20.

When are impaired driving crashes most likely to occur?

In the evening hours, on weekends, and during specific holidays or special occasions—such as Christmas, New Year’s, Halloween, St. Patrick’s Day, prom/graduation celebrations, spring breaks, etc.

Source:  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration


Here are some strategies for getting home safely after the party and avoiding a DUI arrest and conviction:

  • Designate a driver – find a friend who will not drink to help ensure everyone’s safe return home.
  • Hire a driver – this is a reliable strategy that avoids inconveniencing friends. If it is an organized party this can add to the festivity of the event.
  • Drink at home – and don’t leave until you’re sober. Plan ahead for this, make sure you have enough ice, mix, supplies and food to “hole-up” until you’re sober again. If you’ve invited friends to join you, be sure you don’t let them drive after drinking.
  • Sleep in your car – but do not sleep behind the wheel, and do not put the keys in the ignition. Being behind the wheel and/or with the keys in the ignition can show intent to drive impaired, and get you arrested just as quickly as if you’d been moving down the road.
  • Move close to the bar – if drinking in a bar is an important part of your life, consider finding a place to drink within walking distance to your home. But be aware that though you’re not operating a vehicle, you may still be arrested for public drunkenness if you exhibit drunken behavior on your trek home.
  • Take a taxi – if you think you can’t afford a taxi, you really can’t afford a DUI arrest.


Drunk Driving Lawyer in Pickaway County

If you are being accused of driving under the influence in Pickaway County, you need the representation of an experienced and trusted DUI attorney. The Maher Law Firm can help make sure that your rights and freedoms are protected. Founding attorney, Colin Maher has an extensive case history of successfully defending clients against DUI charges. Call The Maher Law Firm today for a free consultation at 614-205-2208 or contact us online.


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