St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner, and according to Statistic Brain, 46 percent of Americans have plans to celebrate. At least 20 percent plan to drink.
The White Plains St. Patrick’s Day Parade attracts thousands of visitors annually. With an increase in traffic and drinking, the police will be out in full force to find and arrest intoxicated drivers.
Unfortunately, honest people make mistakes, and if you are facing DWI charges, you should take steps to protect your interests. Even if you failed the breathalyzer, there may be a defense that applies to your case.
As a White Plains criminal attorney, Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law can evaluate your charges and structure a comprehensive defense. Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation. You can also learn more about New York DWI laws by visiting http://dui-lawyers.usattorneys.com/new-york.
Here are five tips to help you avoid arrest on St. Patrick’s Day:
- Do Not Drink and Drive
If you plan to drink, make plans not to drive. A DWI arrest is the surest way to ruin St. Patrick’s Day. If driving is unavoidable, then stay sober. Take the opportunity to keep friends and family safe and out of jail by offering to drive.
- Avoid Confrontations
Many people become argumentative and belligerent under alcohol’s influence. The Bureau of Justice Statistics blames alcohol for a large percentage of criminal acts.
More than 3 million violent crimes occur under the influence of alcohol every year. Do not get involved in confrontation – even if somebody at the Lazy Boy Saloon, Brazen Fox or another bar on Mamaroneck Avenue gets aggressive with you.
- Establish a “Buddy” System with Your Friends
Your group of friends can work together to keep one another out of trouble. The “buddy” system adds a level of accountability that can prevent illegal mischief.
Assign a “buddy” to everyone in the group. Your “buddy” should stop you from driving drunk or participating in other illegal activities if you have been drinking.
- Host Your Own Party
While the idea of staying home on St. Patrick’s Day may not sound appealing, it remains the safest way to stay out of trouble. Host a party at your house. Your friends and family can enjoy St. Patrick’s Day in a familiar and safe setting. As the host, however, you should discourage your guests from drinking and driving. Here is a list of local taxi services
- Westchester Black Car Limo Service: 1-914-997-2400
- White Plains United Taxi: 1-914-683-3886
- Westchester Taxi & Limo Inc.: 1-914-946-9333
- Use Alternative Transportation
There are plenty of taxi companies and rideshare options available in White Plains. While taxis are pricier than driving, they remain significantly cheaper than paying the costs of a DWI charge.
Friends can split the fare and save money. Some of these services will even drive your car home for you. Remember this if your designated driver consumes a few too many Irish coffees.
If you were arrested for DWI, contact Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law. Mr. DeUrso is a White Plains DWI lawyer who can aggressively fight for a positive outcome to your case. Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation.