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Ways to avoid your first or subsequent DUI

Whether you are welcoming the weekend or celebrating a holiday, there is nothing quite like getting together with good company and enjoying some drinks. Unfortunately, your fun night might end in a trip to a jail cell, if you got behind the wheel after having too much to drink. There is no reason you and other Oklahoma residents should not have fun, however. You can still have a good time and include alcohol in your festivities if you are smart about it.

Observe the following tips before and during your night out, and you stand a better chance of getting home safely without a DUI added to your record:

  • Before going out, decide how much you are going to drink and ask someone you trust to be an “accountability buddy” – both of you can remind each other when it is time to cut off the alcohol.
  • Designate someone to be a sober driver or make plans to call a taxi, an Uber or a sober friend for a ride home.
  • Never leave your drink unattended at a bar, restaurant or party, regardless of your gender or how well you know those around you.
  • Do not get into a vehicle with a driver who has been drinking.
  • Avoid getting “blackout drunk.” Besides the inevitable hangover the next day, this type of inebriation can lead to dangerous decisions, impair your judgment and leave you vulnerable to those with bad intentions.
  • If you are underage and your parents have said you can call them for a safe ride without consequences, take them seriously and call if you do not have a sober ride home. The risk of your parents grounding you is not as bad as the risk of police officers arresting you or getting in a drunk driving accident.

Making responsible choices with alcohol might reduce your risk of getting into legal trouble or getting hurt, but there is no guarantee that you will not face arrest. After alcohol-related charges, you have the right to seek counsel from an experienced attorney.

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