With the holidays come parties, get-togethers of all shapes and sizes, from office gatherings to full family dinners. There is no denying that alcohol will play a role in some of these events. Which is why as the clock ticks closer and closer to New Years, law enforcement officials throughout Southern California are ramping up the efforts to nab suspected drunk drivers.
So the question is – what state are you going to be in when you’re stopped at a DUI checkpoint this holiday season?
If you plan to be in the State of California, there are a couple of things you should consider before heading out with a few drinks in your system.
First, police departments throughout Orange County are on the lookout. There will be checkpoints and random stops going up where you least expect them. Which means your best bet is to avoid driving drunk altogether. Take an Uber. Take a cab. Walk if you need to. Do whatever you must to avoid driving after a few drinks.
Second, if you do decide to drive and you’re arrested on suspicion of driving while under the influence, remember that you have rights. You have the right to remain silent. You have the right to an attorney. But, you DO NOT have the right to waive a field sobriety test. Under California law, owning a driver’s license equals “implied consent.” This means that you being behind the wheel of a car gives officers the ability to test your blood alcohol level. You can refuse to take this test, but it will end up costing you your license, a large fine, and extra jail time.
If you have been arrested for DUI in Orange County, don’t wait to hire an attorney. You may be eligible for diversionary program or even a case dismissal. But you’ll need to take the first step. Contact the Law Office of Michael L. Guisti today.
You can reach us at (888) 478-8999.