The Fourth of July is just days away and people all over Tampa Bay will be planning to attend various celebrations, or perhaps planning one of their own. As is the case with other holidays, Fourth of July festivities often involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages. State and local law enforcement are aware of this fact, and you can definitely expect to see increased DUI patrols during this holiday weekend.
There are several things that you can do to reduce your risk of being arrested for DUI. Obviously, the most straightforward course of action is to refrain from drinking alcohol. However, there are perfectly responsible ways for Tampa area residents to enjoy alcohol this Independence Day. If you do choose to drink, here are a few ways to avoid a DUI arrest:
- Plan ahead. Before heading out, make sure you have a plan on how you will be getting home safely.
- Select a Sober Driver. If you are going out with a group of people, choose someone you can trust to act as the designated driver.
- Use Public Transportation or a Rideshare Service. Tampa has a variety of public transportation options. You can always use a rideshare app such as Uber and Lyft as well. By leaving the driving to someone else, you will eliminate any risk of being accused of drunk driving.
Even with careful planning, sometimes mistakes or bad things happen. In the unfortunate event that you find yourself facing a Tampa Bay DUI, you should get in touch with a Tampa DUI Defense Lawyer at Whittel & Melton as soon as possible. If convicted, you could be looking at probation, significant fines, community service or even jail time. Fortunately, our DUI Defense Lawyers are familiar with defending DUI cases in Florida and can help you avoid these harsh consequences and potentially have the case against you dropped or dismissed.
To schedule a free consultation with one of our DUI Lawyers, please call us today at 866-608-5529 or contact us online for a free consultation.
From all of us at Whittel & Melton, we wish you a happy and safe Fourth of July!