While billboards the size of houses and both humorous and engaging television commercials constantly remind consumers to avoid drinking and driving by suggesting they “drink sensibly” or “drink responsibly,” the underlying message of these types of advertisements seems to center around the notion that drinking alcohol will take any celebration or any relaxing activity up a notch. Indeed, Americans recognize the enjoyment that comes from consuming alcohol moderately and in safe circumstances; however, the very existence of these “sensible” messages in advertisements for alcoholic beverages suggests the degree to which some segments of Americans society have a tendency to overdue it when it comes to alcohol. Even holidays we celebrate on an annual basis support this idea, as Americans’ have notoriously used holidays such as New Year’s Eve and Saint Patrick’s Day as catalysts for serious binge drinking.
While in most cases, the presence of alcohol at these holiday gatherings does not cause any harm to those celebrating; however, in enough cases to warrant concern, some of those celebrating over-indulge and consequently, they make poor decisions which lead to disastrous consequences. For instance, in 2009, law enforcement officers in Savannah, Georgia arrested over 20 individuals during the St Patrick’s Day parade for suspicion of driving while intoxicated. The police operation, dubbed “Operation Thunderstorm,” resulted in nearly 60 arrests—many of which related to alcohol. Those arrested and charged with DWIs faced consequences that reached far-beyond simply ruining their evenings. As a result of their alleged charges, these individuals now face suspension and revocation of their licenses as well as time in jail, community service, alcohol education/rehabilitation classes, and some considerable fines.
Anyone finding him or herself facing charges for driving under the influence should not take such charges lightly. Indeed, if law enforcement has charged you for the suspected offense, you should seek out the advice and counsel of a qualified DUI criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Any delay could cost you more than you might think, such as your chance to submit a request to the DMV for a hearing to prevent you from having your license suspended or revoked. Don’t just accept the consequences and penalties for offenses you didn’t commit; contact a qualified DUI criminal defense attorney to obtain the best defense possible.