It is no secret that drunk driving incidents and arrests are at an all-time high in Los Angeles as well as in the rest of the country during the holiday season. This increase could be attributed to an increased number of parties and increased enforcement on the part of law enforcement agencies. A number of police departments also conduct several California sobriety checkpoints during the holidays, the primary goal of which is to apprehend those driving under the influence.
A DUI arrest in Los Angeles, of course, comes with a hefty price tag. Typically, consequences include jail time, license suspension, fines and installation of an ignition interlock device. The best strategy during the holidays is to completely avoid a drunk driving arrest. There are several steps you can take to prevent getting into such a situation.
First of all, you should never drink and drive. If you have a drink at a holiday gathering, you should call a cab or have a designated driver take you home. If you are disoriented after consuming several drinks, you should remain where you are until you are sober or have a friend take you to your house. During the holidays, it is always a good idea to plan ahead to have a designated driver if you know you are going to consume alcohol at a party.
If you do get arrested for driving under the influence in LA this holiday season, please call the law offices of Sitkoff & Hanrahan at 866-430-8383 for a free and comprehensive consultation with one of our Los Angeles drunk driving defense attorneys. We wish all of our Southern California friends a safe and happy holiday season.