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Don’t Get A DUI On St. Patrick’s Day
posted on 3/17/24

You live in Barrington. And you are out enjoying yourself at a St. Patrick’s Day party.

The party is a lot of fun. 

Right after you leave this party, you step into your car and begin driving back to your Barrington home.

The drive isn’t particularly long, and the roads are quiet.

During this drive, though, something happens: you are pulled over by an officer who, apparently, seems to think that something suspicious is occurring.

You speak with the officer, and while you did drink a bit, you know that you didn’t drink that much.

Soon after speaking with the officer and taking the test, you are arrested. Now, not only have you been arrested, but you are also charged with a DUI.

If you would like to prevent this situation from occurring, then you can read the prevention measures outlined below. Though, if you have already been charged with a DUI, speak with a Barrington DUI attorney as soon as possible. 

A DUI Is Very Serious

Every DUI charge must be taken very seriously.

Some of the most notable reasons as to why this is the case are as follows:

  • If you are convicted of a DUI, your license may be suspended for at least one year.
  • If you are convicted of a DUI, you may need to spend just under one year in jail.
  • If you are convicted of a DUI, you may need to pay a fine of $2,500.

Each of the above can and will affect your ability to live the life you wish to live.

Outside of those penalties, though, if you have received more than one DUI in Illinois, then the consequences can and will become even more serious.

The Best Ways To Avoid A DUI

If it’s St. Patrick’s Day, and you are trying to avoid a DUI, then there are a number of things you can do:

  • Select a designated driver who can take you home.
  • Make use of an app, such as Uber or Lyft that can help you get home.
  • Rely on public transportation.
  • Walk home.
  • Stay overnight at the home of the friend who hosted the party.
  • Go to, and then stay at, a hotel that is close by.

Every single one of the above can and will help you avoid A DUI.

Helping Your Friends Avoid A DUI

If you are not going to be driving that night, then there are a number of ways you can help your friends avoid a DUI.

Some of the most notable ways you can help your friends avoid a DUI are as follows:

  • No matter what, never let your friends drive home intoxicated.
  • Serve as a friend’s designated driver and take them home.
  • Call a ride – using an app, for example – to pick your friends up.
  • Take away the keys of a friend who is drinking that night.
  • Let your friend stay overnight at your home.
  • Take your friend to a hotel where they can stay overnight.
  • Outline the bus route that will take your friend home.

A wide variety of other things can be done to help your friends avoid a DUI, but the above are some of the easiest and most effective.

Obtain Qualified Legal Help Today

If you need representation for a DUI charge in Barrington, Glasgow & Olsson is uniquely qualified to help. 

When you need an attorney, experience matters. 

Speak with our Barrington DUI attorneys today to learn how our experience can get you the results you need.