Stay Safe This Memorial Day: Avoid DUI Arrests

Memorial Day weekend is a time for family, friends, and fun as we honor the brave men and women who have served our country. However, it’s also a time when DUI arrests spike significantly. Between backyard barbecues, pool parties, and other celebrations, many people become less vigilant about staying sober if they know they’ll be driving, or they fail to avoid driving altogether after drinking.

Remember: The safest choice is not to drink if you plan to drive. But if you find yourself facing a DUI charge, here are some essential things to know:

1. You Can Get a DUI Even if You Don’t Feel Drunk

There’s no clear line where your blood alcohol content (BAC) suddenly makes you feel drunk. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) note that even a BAC of 0.05 to 0.08 can impair your ability to:

  • Detect danger
  • Maintain self-control
  • Coordinate muscle movements
  • Control your speed

These effects might not be obvious to you, which can make having that “one last drink” seem harmless. However, legally, a BAC over 0.08 percent can lead to the same penalties as more severe intoxication. Be aware that breath and blood tests, although critical in determining BAC, are not infallible. Learn more about their potential inaccuracies here.

2. Be Polite

If you’re pulled over under suspicion of DUI, always be polite and cooperative with the officer. Even if you’re highly intoxicated, comply with all requests and avoid arguing. Good behavior can positively influence your case in court later on.

3. Your Car Might Be Towed

When charged with a DUI, you’ll be taken to the police station, and your vehicle will likely be towed at your expense. You’ll receive information about which company towed your car and how to retrieve it. Contact them promptly to arrange pickup and settle towing fees.

4. Booked, Processed, Contact Your Lawyer

At the police station, you’ll undergo booking and processing, which can take several hours, especially if it’s your first offense. Your fingerprints and mugshot will be taken, and an officer might ask questions about your DUI circumstances. Crucially, you have the right to contact an attorney—exercise this right to ensure you receive proper legal guidance. Reach out to DUI Defense Attorney Nathan Akamine for assistance.

5. You May Be Incarcerated or Released

Your detention length depends on factors like your DUI location, age, criminal history, and intoxication level. You might be released on bond, allowing you to contact a bondsman, friend, or relative to arrange payment and pickup. In some cases, immediate incarceration is possible, so be prepared for a potentially lengthy stay at the police station.

6. You’ll Go Before a Judge

A DUI charge typically requires a court appearance for sentencing. You can choose to hire your own attorney or have one appointed by the court. During proceedings, remain calm, respectful, and truthful, always with your attorney present. Missing your court date can result in a warrant for your arrest.

7. Community Service and/or Fines

If convicted, you might need to complete community service or court referral programs. Complete these obligations promptly and report back to the court. Ensure you pay any fines as soon as possible—payment plans are often available.

8. Long-Term Consequences

A DUI charge can stay on your record for years, impacting job prospects. Be upfront with potential employers about your DUI to avoid the appearance of concealment.

Stay Safe This Memorial Day

This Memorial Day, prioritize safety. Use Uber, Lyft, or a designated driver. If you do face a DUI arrest, contact DUI attorney Nathan Akamine immediately for legal assistance.

Stay safe, honor our heroes, and enjoy your holiday responsibly.

Nathan Akamine - Criminal defense lawyer
I’m Nathan Akamine,

I have 24+ years of private practice experience and knowledge of the inner workings of the criminal system gained as a former Franklin County Prosecutor.

As your attorney, I will personally handle your case. I limit my caseload to ensure full personal attention to each client – from the initial case review to the resolution. 

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