As the winter holidays approach, excitement fills the air. Children anticipate the annual visit of Santa and families lock in plans for visits from loved ones they might not have seen recently.
Even the workplace is rocking a different vibe, with colorful decorations and “Secret Santa” exchanges. And don’t forget the holiday office party where at least one employee will likely overindulge and become intoxicated.
Drunken driving can net you a DUI — or worse
The chief of the Daytona Beach Shores Police Department, who also is the president of the Florida Police Chiefs Association, encourages drivers to remain vigilant while driving on Florida’s busier-than-usual roads and streets. His cautionary words are echoed by the public affairs director of AAA – The Auto Club Group here in Florida. She stated that “AAA wants everyone to remember that impaired driving is never safe driving,” and encouraged motorists to prioritize safety.
Remember your rights if stopped on suspicion of drunk driving
Getting stopped by the police on suspicion of DUI does not strip you of your rights. For instance, you have the right to refuse to participate in field sobriety tests that are subjective in nature and easy for even sober drivers to fail.
If you get arrested for a DUI, refuse to answer police questioning by stating that you are invoking your right to remain silent until you speak to a criminal defense attorney. Remember that your stalwart defense against the charges begins with your arrest, the stages of which are likely recorded. Don’t hand the prosecutor gift-wrapped evidence against you this holiday season.