Drunk driving is a dangerous habit to get into, yet many people do. Whether it's young adults who recently turned 21 driving between bars or an older individual who has an addiction issue, anyone who drinks and drives is putting themselves and others in danger.
The holiday season is right around the corner. That means that more and more people will be taking to the road after drinking at parties and gatherings. Drunk driving not only causes legal woes, it also endangers yourself, your passengers, and any other drivers you encounter while on the road. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention explain how many drinks it takes before you feel the effects of drinking.
For various reasons, the summer months are especially problematic when it comes to drunk driving charges. Some people get behind the wheel after celebrating a wedding or spending time with their friends and family members at a party, and drunk driving is especially widespread around the Fourth of July. From beach parties to fishing trips, there are many activities that often involve alcohol and some people take to the road even though they are over the legal limit. Unfortunately, this can shatter someone’s summer, as well as their overall life in the coming months and years.
Here at Waldron Fann & Parsley, Attorneys at Law, in Tennessee, we represent many drivers accused of driving while intoxicated and/or other alcohol-related driving offenses. We therefore know how critical it becomes that you defend such charges to the best of your and your attorney’s abilities. The last thing you need is a DUI conviction on your record.
If you plan to drink, it's always a good idea to find out how you're going to get home safely. Drinking and driving are hazardous to everyone. You could crash and hurt yourself or cause a collision with someone else.
Drunk driving can quickly result in fines and penalties that affect you now and in the future. You may find yourself struggling to maintain a job, go to school or protect your reputation. It's vital for people who make the mistake of driving after having alcohol to remember that this single situation could negatively impact them for years to come.
Driving under the influence of alcohol at any age is a problem, but when you're under 21, it's a particularly negative offense. Under Tennessee's laws, you've violated the Drug Free Youth Act. This act applies to people between the ages of 13 to 17 with certain drugs and between the ages of 18 and 21 for alcohol offenses.