White Plains is the perfect place to celebrate Independence Day with friends and family. You can enjoy the fireworks at Waterfront Park, stay at home and whip up your July Fourth favorites, or hit the downtown bars.
If you plan to drink, be aware that the police will be out in full force to identify, stop, and arrest drunk drivers. Fortunately, you can avoid DWI charges by:
- Not drinking and driving;
- Taking a taxi or rideshare service;
- Or hosting a party.
If you wind up facing DWI charges on July Fourth, contact Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law. As your White Plains DWI attorney, Mr. DeUrso will investigate your arrest, structure your defense, and aggressively fight for a positive outcome of your case.
Call 914-772-8614 to schedule a consultation. You can also visit http://dui-lawyers.usattorneys.com/new-york to learn more about DWI charges in New York.
Here are three tips to help you avoid arrest on Independence Day:
- Do not drink and drive.
The easiest way to avoid DWI charges is not to drink and drive. This may seem like a no-brainer, but far too many people make bad judgments on drinking holidays such as July Fourth. In fact, the number of highway fatalities spikes 37 percent on Independence Day compared to the average day in July, according to NBC News.
- Use a taxi or rideshare service.
Taking a taxi may be slightly more expensive than driving yourself, but it is much cheaper than a DWI charge. The fine for a first DWI can reach $1,000, and you may have to pay up to $5,000 for a second conviction, according to the Department of Motor Vehicles.
This does not include time off work or attorneys’ fees. It also does not include the expenses that come with a suspended driver’s license: taxis, public transportation, and possible unemployment.
- Host a party.
July Fourth is the perfect holiday to celebrate at home. Invite friends and family to a backyard baroque. Not only will you avoid drinking and driving, but you can also keep your loved ones safe from intoxicated motorists.
Be sure to designate an area where guests can stay overnight so they do not feel pressured to drive while intoxicated. If a friend insists on driving drunk, Mothers Against Drunk Driving recommends that you:
- Ask the person not to drive without being confrontational.
- Recommend alternative transportation such as a rideshare service or taxi.
- Request that the person sleeps at your place.
- If possible, take his or her keys, and keep them until a taxi arrives.
- Call the police if your friend drives drunk. This is never easy to do, but it can save your friend’s life and the lives of other road users.
Unfortunately, honest people make mistakes. If you wind up facing DWI charges, contact Darren DeUrso, Attorney at Law.
Mr. DeUrso is a White Plains DWI attorney with more than 25 years of experience practicing law. Schedule a consultation today by calling 914-772-8614.