With the 4th of July around the corner, many people in the Denver area will be planning to attend various celebrations around the city or perhaps planning one of their own. As is the case with other holidays, 4th of July celebrations often involve the consumption of alcoholic beverages. State and local law enforcement is aware of this fact, and these agencies often increase their driving under the influence (DUI) patrols and other enforcement efforts around these holidays and the weekends on which they are enforced. For example, the Colorado Department of Transportation indicates that there were 298 drivers arrested for DUI this past Memorial Day as part of their The Heat is On enforcement campaign aimed at reducing drunk driving.
Plan ahead to avoid a DUI
There are several things that 4th of July revelers can do to reduce their risk of being arrested for DUI. Obviously, the simplest and most straightforward course of action is to refrain from using drugs or drinking alcohol. That being said, there are perfectly responsible ways for Colorado residents to enjoy alcohol and recreational marijuana this 4th of July. If you do choose to partake, here are some ways to avoid a DUI arrest:
- Plan ahead – Before you go to a party or other celebration, make sure that you know how you will be getting home.
- Designate a sober driver – If you are attending a celebration with a group, choose a person who you can trust to act as the designated driver.
- Eat food and alternate non-alcoholic beverages – It is possible to drink alcohol and drive a vehicle afterwards without breaking the law. To slow the rate of alcohol absorption and keep you blood alcohol content within the legal limit, eat food and alternate non-alcoholic beverages with alcoholic beverages while drinking.
- Take public transportation – Denver has a variety of public transportation options. By leaving the driving to someone else, you can eliminate any risk of being accused of drunk driving.
Sometimes, the best-laid plans go awry. In the unfortunate event that you find yourself facing a Colorado DUI case, you should contact an experienced attorney immediately. If convicted, you may be placed on probation, required to pay significant fines, sentenced to community service, or even put in jail. Fortunately, a lawyer who is familiar with defending DUI cases in Colorado can often help individuals avoid the worst of these consequences and may even be able to have the case against you dropped or dismissed.
Contact a Denver DUI defense attorney today to schedule a free consultation
If you have been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, you are almost certainly facing serious criminal penalties. In addition, a DUI conviction on your criminal record could have a negative impact on your ability to get a job, rent an apartment, qualify for financial aid for school, or obtain certain state-issued licenses. To schedule a free consultation with one of our Denver DUI defense lawyers, call the Tiftickjian Law Firm today at 303-DUI-5280. Alternatively, you can send us an email through our online contact form.