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Don’t let a DUI ruin your holidays

On Behalf of | Nov 29, 2023 | Dui |

Missourians are heading into the holidays with family gatherings, office parties and shopping. There will be plenty of opportunities to have a few drinks, but nobody wants a DUI (driving under the influence) charge for Christmas.

Here are some things to remember so you can safely enjoy your holidays.

DUI consequences

Alcohol impairs your ability to drive and increases the risk of accidents, which can result in injuries or even fatalities. Anyone convicted of a DUI in Missouri faces both criminal and administrative penalties in the form of fines and license suspension. In addition, points will be added to their driving record. A first offense could result in a 90-day license suspension, up to six months in jail and a $500 fine.

Fortunately, there are numerous ways to enjoy your holiday festivities without getting behind the wheel after drinking:

  • Designated Driver: Choose a friend or family member who will stay sober for the night and be responsible for driving.
  • Rideshare Services: Uber and Lyft drivers are throughout the Kansas City area and can provide a safe and affordable way to get home.
  • RideKC: Kansas City has a great public transportation system of buses and a streetcar that is free to ride.
  • Stay Over: If you’re celebrating at a friend’s or family member’s home, consider asking to stay the night instead of driving home.

The holidays are about celebrating and spending time with friends and family. The last thing you want is to put lives at risk or deal with legal issues. If you do find yourself facing a DUI charge, it’s crucial to discuss your situation with someone who can help you navigate the legal system, build a strategic defense and ensure your rights are protected.