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3 Tips for Avoiding a DWI After a Holiday Party December 7, 2018

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3 Tips for Avoiding a DWI After a Holiday Party, St. Louis, Missouri

Every year around the holiday season, DWI attorneys tend to see an increase in clients charged with drunk driving after leaving holiday parties. In Missouri, the penalties for DWI are steep. The maximum punishment for a first-time DWI is up to six (6) months incarceration, up to a $1,000 fine and the loss of driving privileges. With just a few tips you can avoid legal problems and ensure the safety for you and those around you.

3 Ways to Ensure Holiday Parties Don't End in DWI Charges

1. Choose a Designated Driver Beforehand

Analysis has proven that the U.S. Designated Driver Campaign works. All it takes is a little preplanning and forethought on the part of holiday party-goers. Take the time to choose someone at the office who is willing to abstain from drinking for the evening and put them in charge of seeing that you get home safely. It's a small precautionary measure to take that could ultimately save lives.

2. Call a Rideshare

Rideshare companies like Lyft and Uber make it remarkably easy to get a ride when you've had too much to drink. DWI attorneys encourage you to enroll in one of the services if you've not already done so. Download the app and sign up, and you'll be ready for the holiday party. Then, when it comes time to leave the party, all you have to do is summon a car with a few quick taps of your smartphone.

3. Give Your Keys to a Trusted ColleagueDWI attorney

A party-goer who feels as if they could be tempted to drink and drive might want to give their car keys to a sober and dependable co-worker. Essentially, this is a way of hiding one's keys from oneself, but it works. If you don't have your car keys, you can't get behind the wheel, drunk or sober.


Implementing all of the above safeguards before a holiday party is a smart idea. If you are facing drunk driving charges after a holiday party, or at any point throughout the year, trust DWI attorney John W. Peel - Attorney at Law, Flanagan & Peel. He has 20 years' experience serving St. Louis County, Missouri, and the surrounding areas in DWI and drug charges, criminal defense matters, and family law cases. Call (314) 621-9797 or visit him online to arrange a consultation.

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