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5 tips for avoiding a DWI charge

On Behalf of | Feb 9, 2022 | Criminal Defense

It’s frustrating to think about facing a DWI charge. A DWI charge could result in damage to your reputation, fines and other penalties that you may not agree with.

The good news is that there are ways that you can avoid DWI charges. Here are five simple methods that will help you protect your right to drive.

  • Get a designated driver

The first way to avoid a charge is by getting a designated driver when you know you’ll be drinking. Call a friend, family member or other person to take you home, so you don’t have to drive while you’re impaired, even if that impairment is slight.

  • Avoid driving while on new medications

Another thing to do is to avoid driving when you’re using new medications. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can cause side effects that could hinder your ability to drive safely. Be cautious and wait to see how those affect you before you decide if you can drive.

  • Know your limit

If you do want to drink and can’t get a ride home, know your limits. For example, if you know you hit a .08% blood alcohol concentration with around three drinks in an hour and that it would take three hours for your body to process that alcohol, you shouldn’t even consider driving until at least four hours have passed and you feel completely sober.

  • Take care of your health

Sometimes, DWIs are a result of medical conditions that appear to be intoxication. If you have neurological disorders, diabetes or other health issues, take care of them to prevent misunderstandings and arrests.

  • Don’t drink alcohol

Finally, don’t drink. The best way to avoid a DWI completely is by not drinking alcohol at all when you’ll be driving. If you don’t have it in your system, a DWI is extremely unlikely.

These are five ways you can avoid DWI charges. If you do end up facing one, remember that you have a right to question the results of any tests taken and to fight to protect your rights. A DWI charge could be significant on your record, so it’s worth looking into your options.