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Could your designated driver be drunk?

The golden rule for going out for a night on the town is to have a designated driver. With next week being a holiday weekend, this rule takes on some added significance. Thanksgiving weekend is one of the most dangerous times of the year to be on the road, and with the possibility of inclement weather, there is nothing suggesting that this weekend will be any different.

However, most people follow the rule of having a designated driver. But what if your DD has had too much to drink? Moreover, what if your driver is stopped and found to have a BAC above .08? Unfortunately, these scenarios are hardly rare. In fact, about one in three designated drivers may have a drink while beholding the responsibility of being a sober driver, but 20 percent have had enough that could impair their driving skills, according to a study published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

With additional patrols expected next weekend, it would be prudent for prospective designated drivers to be wary of how they can be charged with driving while intoxicated even though they may feel as if they were fine to drive, or were not severely drunk like the people they were driving. A drunk driving conviction is punishable with thousands in fines and court costs as well as the possibility of jail time.

If you have the misfortune of being charged with a DWI, contact an experienced criminal defense attorney to learn about your rights and options.