Washtenaw County and other Michigan law enforcement agencies routinely increase highway patrols to catch drunk drivers during the holiday season. In particular, state police are taking a "zero tolerance" approach as they patrol the roads. Listed below are my top tips to help you avoid an OWI.
1. Designate a Sober Driver
Before you participate in any holiday festivities that involve the consumption of alcohol, you should designate a sober driver to make sure you get home safe. This is a sure way to avoid being arrested and charged for an OWI in Washtenaw County. You should confirm that your designated driver agrees and has not consumed any alcohol prior to driving you home.
2. Call a Cab
If you are unable to obtain a designated driver to take you home, you should call a cab as an alternative. A cab ride is more safe and affordable in comparison to the financial consequences of being charged with an OWI in Ann Arbor.
3. Rent a Hotel Room
If you have any other means to safely get home, you should rent a hotel room for the night. Do not drive home in the morning if you still feel intoxicated. Depending on the amount of alcohol you consumed, you may need to wait for an extended period of time before operating a motor vehicle.
People commonly assume that they are okay to drive home in the morning after consuming alcohol the previous night. However, a person's morning blood alcohol content level may still be higher than the legal limit to operate a motor vehicle.
4. Don't Drink and Drive
My most important tip is to not drink and drive. If you drink and drive, you will be arrested and charged for an OWI if your blood alcohol content is above the .08 legal limit.
5. Contact a Drunk Driving Attorney
If you are arrested for an OWI, you should immediately contact an attorney upon your release from custody. Do not try to represent yourself alone because you will face serious consequences that will impact your entire life for months and years to come.
If you have been arrested for an OWI/OWPD in Ann Arbor, contact Ann Arbor criminal defense attorney Stacey Washington to help you navigate through this difficult situation in your life. Stacey Washington has helped numerous clients mitigate any long-term consequences of OWIs/OWPDs.