The Wednesday night before Thanksgiving, dubbed the name “Black Wednesday,” is one of the busiest nights of the year for police departments making DUI arrests. People travelling to see old friends in combination with the long weekend often results in many impaired drivers on the roadways. Law enforcement is certainly aware of this which is why starting the Wednesday before, and lasting through Thanksgiving weekend, police will be increasing their efforts to catch intoxicated drivers on the roads. Police will be using sobriety checkpoints and DUI saturation zones to keep all impaired motorists off the roads.
Understand that while it is important to drive responsibly at all times, it is not illegal to consume alcohol and drive. As long as you are not intoxicated, or your blood alcohol content is not at the legal limit of .08 or above, it is legal to operate a vehicle. Many law enforcement ads during the holidays convey that it is illegal to get behind the wheel of a car if you have had anything to drink. However, this is not true – the legal limit is still 0.08 percent.
Law enforcement officers are extremely aggressive when it comes to DUI arrests during the holidays, regardless of the legal limit. Anyone suspected of being even close to the legal limit could be arrested for DUI. Unfortunately, many of these arrests are borderline cases, and you could be slapped with a DUI charge even if you were not intoxicated. If you are arrested over the course of this Thanksgiving holiday for a drunken driving offense, you must act fast and enlist the help of a DUI defense lawyer who can examine the facts of your case and help you beat these charges.
If you or someone you know is arrested for or charged with a DUI during the holidays throughout the state of Florida, please contact a Florida DUI Defense Attorney at Whittel & Melton right away at 866-608-5529 for a free consultation. We want you to be able to enjoy the holidays and ring in a happy New Year. We can begin assisting with your defense immediately, so do not delay in contacting us. While every case is unique, you have a much better chance of receiving a successful outcome when you have an experienced criminal defense lawyer on your side.
From all of us at Whittel & Melton, we hope you and your family have a very happy Thanksgiving!
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