Indulging in a few alcoholic beverages during the holiday season is a tradition for many Massachusetts residents. However, this also translates into an uptick in OUI stops and arrests made by law enforcement officers.
If you plan on consuming alcohol this holiday season, it’s important to be proactive about avoiding driving while intoxicated and to know what to do if you’re pulled over by the police.
Know Your Personal Alcohol Limitations
You should be somewhat aware of your own limitations when it comes to alcohol and have an idea of when to stop if you plan on driving later. However, what you “feel” like can translate into an illegal BAC over 0.08%, even if you don’t think you are too impaired to drive.
There are numerous things that weigh into how quickly someone gets intoxicated and to what degree. For example, individuals who weigh more require more alcohol to reach 0.08% than individuals who weigh less. Other factors include gender, age, and type of alcohol.
Have a Backup Plan
You may be planning on drinking only in moderation, which would keep you well under the legal limit of alcohol, but it’s not uncommon for people to overindulge when it comes to food and drinks during the holidays. Make sure you have someone to call to get home safely, such as a friend or an Uber.
Exercise Your Rights During a Traffic Stop
You have certain rights during a traffic stop that should be exercised, even and especially if you are suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Do not agree to get out of your vehicle to submit to a field sobriety test, even if police try to tell you that you have to. You have the right to decline.
Arrested? Get Help from a Western Massachusetts OUI Lawyer
Defeating OUI charges successfully typically requires the help of an experienced lawyer to assist you with the collection of evidence and the development of a formidable, persuasive case.
Contact Adams & Kokonowski, LLC Now
It’s crucial that you don’t wait long to reach out to a lawyer after being arrested for operating your vehicle under the influence of drugs or alcohol. Experienced Massachusetts OUI lawyers Adams & Kokonowski, LLC can help advocate for your legal rights following an OUI charge. Call our office for a consultation at 413.737.9700 (Springfield), 413.585.9200 (Northampton), or 413.549.0022 (Amherst).