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Thanksgiving Eve Is the Biggest Bar Night of the Year

If
you’re like most people, you’ll spend the rest of this week reuniting with
family, friends, and loved ones. For many, that celebration kicked off last
night, the evening before Turkey Day.

Indeed,
Thanksgiving Eve is the biggest bar night of the year. The evening’s penchant
for binge drinking and revelry is so well known that some even call it
“Blackout Wednesday,” a play on the Black Friday bonanza that comes later this
week.

Of
course, with more drinking comes more drunk driving arrests.  During the entire holiday weekend, you
can expect vigilant patrols, unannounced checkpoints, and a zero-tolerance
attitude from officers this year, all aimed at “cracking down” on suspected
drunk driving.

Unfortunately,
the police don’t always get it right. In their effort to be tough on crime, sometimes
they arrest drivers who are not intoxicated, and innocent people get caught up
in the confusion.

Our
office understands that any encounter with the police can be intimidating,
especially when they already suspect you of breaking the law. We also
understand that anybody can make a
mistake.

As
you celebrate with friends and family this weekend, take a moment to review
these helpful tips for interacting with a police officer and what to do if you
find yourself in trouble.

What Should I Do if Pulled Over for Drunk Driving on Thanksgiving Eve?

??? Find
a safe place to pull over.

??? Don’t
make any sudden movements that would alarm the officer.

??? Stay
calm and respectful, no matter what (even if the officer seems rude).

??? Stay
put until the officer says you are free to go.

??? If
the officer asks for your driver’s license, registration, or proof of
insurance, kindly provide it. 

??? Do
not answer any questions that are likely to incriminate you.
This would include questions like “where are coming from?”

??? Do
not lie.

Facing DUI Charges

The
best way to avoid a DUI allegation is simply to avoid driving under the
influence. There are no exceptions — you should never drink and drive.

However,
if you do find yourself falsely accused or on the wrong side of the law, seek
the advice of an experienced DUI defense attorney as soon as possible. And don’t discuss your arrest with
anyone. This is the best way to protect
valuable evidence that may be used to exonerate you.

Have
a safe and Happy Thanksgiving weekend!

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