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Don't start 2019 off being arrested for drunk driving

With the New Year's Eve parties right around the corner, it is imperative that everyone who is going to have alcohol sets a plan for making it home at the end of the night. Without this, it is totally possible that you will have to drive after you've had a few drinks. This could result in you spending the first day of 2019 behind bars. We know that this probably isn't how you want to start the new year off.

You should realize that the police officers who have the duty of keeping the streets safe on this night are going to be watching how drivers are handling their vehicles more than usual. This isn't a night to take your chances with this type of situation. Instead, find a ride. Call a friend or even a ride share.

If something happens and you end up facing a drunk driving charge, remember that you do have rights from the second you see those flashing lights behind you. One of these is that you have the right to remain silent. Once you provide basic identifying information, you don't have to give answers to questions. Everything that you say to the officer can be documented and used in a case against you.

We know that there are many things that might result in a person facing this charge on New Year's Eve. Maybe you were just tired and exhibited signs of impairment. Maybe you swished your mouth with mouthwash because you had onion rings. In these cases, we need to start building the case against your charges immediately.

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