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Summer Memorial Day and Arrests

Every summer the number of arrests for AI, PI and DUI increase as the weather turns warmer and more people are outside and enjoying the weather as well as alcoholic beverages. Covington, Newport and Cincinnati generally have significantly more police officers on foot, bicycle and horseback during these summer months from Memorial Day through Labor Day. The outdoor festivals, baseball games, 5k and 10k runs and other events bring out people, music and drinking. The best way to avoid arrest is to minimize your exposure. Don't drink to excess when you are out. Realize that when you are drinking throughout the day that the effect of the alcohol are still there and often are minimized in the person's mind because it is over a prolonged period. Cincinnati Reds games are notorious for creating an atmosphere where people drink too much as they are at the ballpark for two to four hours and may be drinking six or more beers during that time. You may not feel intoxicated after drinking 6 beers in 3 hours, but you will likely not be able to pass a breath test. Call a cab or put a designated driver in place for ball games. Have an exit strategy for going to and leaving a festival such as Maifest or Octoberfest. I am highly supportive of 321-RIDE, a service which drives you home in your car; you pay an annual fee and tip the drivers after you arrive safely. If you do receive a citation or are placed under arrest, there are a number of things which you can do to minimize the damage, costs and ding on your record. First, always try to be polite to the officers involved. This is not always easy. If an officer is thinking of placing someone under arrest for PI or AI, they will often let that person go if they are polite and offer to leave the situation or take a taxi cab home. A person who is not polite or rude, will often end up in jail and many times will also be charged with Disorderly Conduct or Resisting Arrest. Second, contact an attorney. An attorney may guide you through the system to minimize the results. If you have questions, need a consultation or wish to speak with an attorney, contact Michael Bouldin at 859-581-6453 or email at mike@bouldinlawfirm.com . Best wishes for a safe summer. *AI is Alcohol Intoxication and is generally a charge in Kentucky when the person is manifestly under the influence of alcohol and is a danger to himself or others. It is essentially the same charge as PI, for Public Intoxication in many other states.

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