Thanksgiving weekend is historically the busiest day for DUI arrests throughout the United States. In Kentucky there will be additional patrols and DUI checkpoints throughout Northern Kentucky.
The best way to avoid a DUI is to avoid driving after drinking to excess. Duh. That said, the large majority of DUI arrests occur after the driver/defendant has made multiple mistakes. Things to avoid:
- Do NOT go out after you get home. Many clients feel the need to go out after being home for food, cigarettes, or more alcohol.
- Do not feel the need to go to a drive through restaurant if you are drunk or buzzed. While a cheeseburger may seem like a good idea, a PB&J at home is better than sitting in a jail cell with a slider in your belly.
- Try to get home at a reasonable hour. Police are on heightened lookout after midnight and especially after 2:00 p.m. Take heed in your mother’s advice, “Nothing good happens after midnight.”
If you are pulled over, know your rights. First, you are not required to take field sobriety tests. You are not required to take a PBT or a breathalyzer at the station. If you have had too much to drink, refuse the tests offered by the police. Second, contact an attorney. If you cannot contact an attorney that night, contact Michael Bouldin (or another DUI defense attorney) after you are arrested and before your trial date.