A DUI can be a potentially serious offense and, if you have previously been convicted of one, subsequent offenses can pack even harsher penalties. Instead of facing DUI charges, do what you can to get home safe and ensure you do not end up in a jail cell.
Below are some helpful tips and alternatives to getting home without driving drunk:
- Choose a designated driver: Before you begin your night, plan ahead and establish a designated driver. This can either be someone in your group who has agreed not to drink or a friend who has agreed to come pick you up once the night is over. It can be a little challenging for one person among the group to remain sober for the night while everyone else is drinking, so make sure he or she is committed to staying sober so that everyone gets home safe.
- Public transportation: If you end up not being able to plan ahead or cannot find a reliable friend who is willing to be a designated driver, there is always public transportation. Depending on where you live, you might have access to a couple or several different options, such as subways, rail systems, or buses. If you plan to take public transportation, check the schedule in advance to ensure they will be running when you plan on heading back home, or to avoid having to wait around for too long.
- Call a Friend or Rideshare: Another option to avoid getting behind the wheel after having had one too many is to either call up a friend or have a rideshare, like Uber or Lyft, come pick you up. Oftentimes these types of services cost less than a taxi and you can easily order one and pay for it with an app on your phone. Unlike public transportation, you can usually get a rideshare at any time of the day or night, and likely will not have to wait too long for one to pick you up. In some cases, you might have to share the ride with someone you do not know to bring down the cost of your ride, but that is a small price to pay compared to what you could end up losing if you drive drunk.
- Walk: If you are within walking distance of your home and can have a friend go with you, walk home instead. The exercise will help you sober up a bit and reduce your chances of having a nasty headache the next day. However, be careful, stay in lit areas, and never walk home alone. If you have to cross roads with a speed limit greater than 30 mph, use extra caution before entering a crosswalk.
No matter how much we plan, things can always change, but whatever you do, avoid getting behind the wheel of a vehicle so you will not have to face the cost of a DUI.
Illinois DUI Attorneys
If you are facing DUI charges, regardless if it is your first or fourth offense, you are likely feeling nervous and afraid. A lot is at stake, but you should not resign yourself to defeat. Instead, hire a Chicago criminal defense attorney who will fight to protect your future. At the Law Office of Steven H. Fine, we have been protecting clients for over 20 years and will do the same for you.
For the representation you deserve, contact our office today at (312) 436-0638 and discuss your legal options.