6 Ways to Avoid a DUI Arrest over Labor Day Weekend

August 31, 2016

How to Avoid a Labor Day DUI Arrest

How to Avoid a Labor Day DUI Arrest

Knowing that Colorado law enforcement authorities will be out in full force over the next week or so as part of their Labor Day DUI crackdown, it’s crucial to make plans ahead of time to avoid a DUI arrest if you will be celebrating the upcoming holiday with alcohol (and/or recreational marijuana).

To help everyone enjoy a safe and arrest-free Labor Day weekend this year, here are our top tips for avoiding a DUI arrest:

  1. Make sure you have a sober driver before going out to drink – Find a friend or relative who is planning to remain sober and ask him or her for a ride. Leave your car keys at home when you take off for your event, and make sure you have a back-up plan if your sober driver isn’t fully committed to remaining sober through the event.
  2. Plan on using available public transportation services – Check to see if city buses or other forms of public transportation will be running on the day you need a ride. If so, make you plans around these services (and be sure that you leave your event in time to catch the last available ride home).
  3. Bring numbers for ride services – Have numbers for taxi services on hand, and consider downloading ride-sharing apps so you have a few options for ride services. Because the chances are that a lot of people will likely be looking for sober rides at the last minute, it’s smart to have at least a few options on hand for ride services if you plan on using one.
  4. Hire a driver – If you and a group of people are all scrambling to find a sober driver, consider pooling funds to hire a driver, like an executive car service or even a limo or party bus. This will, of course, be less expensive when there are more people involved; it can also be an effective way to make sure all of your partying friends/family are safe from a DUI arrest over your Labor Day celebrations.
  5. Find somewhere to stay for the night (or weekend) – If you can’t find a friend to stay with, rent a room (at a motel or hotel). See if a few friends want to share these costs with you. However, even if you have to front all of these costs yourself – and the room costs $1,000 for the night or weekend, that will be a far cry from the $10,000 (or more) that a first-time DUI conviction can end up costing.

  6. Host your own Labor Day event – When rides or rooms are not panning out and you still want to celebrate Labor Day with alcohol (or other legal substances that may impair driving abilities), plan on keeping the party at home so you don’t have to worry about a ride (or trying to get home).

If You Are Arrested for DUI over Labor Day…

Here’s what you will need to know:

  • You will likely remain in jail until Tuesday (regardless of whether you are arrested Friday evening or any time through the rest of the holiday weekend). This is because jail officials will be on holiday and will not be available to process you until Tuesday morning.
  • Just because you have been arrested for a DUI does NOT mean you will necessarily face DUI charges or be convicted of drunk driving.
  • The single best thing you can do following a DUI arrest (or any arrest) is to contact an attorney who can protect your rights and help you resolve the matter.

Contact a Denver DUI Lawyer at the Griffin Law Firm

If you have been charged with a misdemeanor or felony DUI in Colorado, you can turn to the Denver DUI lawyer at Griffin Law Firm for experienced, effective defense representation. For nearly two decades, our attorney has been effective at helping the accused successful navigate the criminal justice system and bring their cases to the best possible resolutions.

To receive a complete evaluation of your case, along with professional advice regarding your best options, contact us by calling (303) 280-1070 or by emailing us using the contact form on this page.

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