Halloween night turns neighborhoods and cities into live-action candy stores and costume runways for children and adults alike. Besides trick-or-treating and scary movies, however, Halloween is also a night for partying and drinking. Forty-four percent of national fatal car accidents on Halloween weekend involved a driver with a BAC of .08 or higher, and 38 percent of fatal accidents on Halloween night involved a motorcyclist or driver with a .08 BAC or higher.
Tips for Avoiding a DUI on Halloween
The easiest and probably most obvious way to avoid getting a DUI during your Halloween celebrations is to not drink and drive. Thankfully, there are many alternative ways to get to and from your Halloween parties besides getting behind the wheel intoxicated. Take a ridesharing service such as Uber or Lyft, carpool with a sober designated driver, or use public transportation.
Why Should I Speak With a New Jersey Attorney After a DUI?
A DUI charge in New Jersey is a serious offense, and it can have dire life consequences. Penalties for a DUI can include paying and using an ignition interlock device, attending mandatory hours of alcohol-drug courses, and an automatic suspension of your driver’s and/or professional license. An experienced DUI attorney may be able to reduce these penalties for you, especially if this is your first offense.
If you have been charged and/or arrested for a DUI on Halloween, you should contact a New Jersey criminal defense lawyer to help you with your next legal steps. Contact Gelman Law LLC today for more information.