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How Can I Reduce the Risk of an OUI?

Posted on : July 21, 2021, By:  Tom Kokonowski, Esq.
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The best way to avoid an OUI conviction is to never get a charge in the first place. Here are ways to consume alcohol smarter so you can imbibe without worry. If you do drink responsibly and are still charged with drinking and driving, fortunately you still have legal options available to you. 

Purchase Your Own Breathalyzer Test 

Personal or portable breathalyzer tests are often thought of as something people who already have been convicted of drunk driving have to use — e.g., an ignition interlock device. However, they can be used proactively to avoid drunk driving charges to monitor the amount of alcohol you’re drinking and your level of intoxication. 

Consider buying your own personal breathalyzer to keep in your glove compartment, pocket, or purse, especially on nights where you know you’re going to be consuming alcoholic beverages. 

This leaves nothing to discretion; you may feel okay to drive after having a couple of beers, but the BAC test may say otherwise. It’s better if you know this before you leave the house driving your car than on a police officer’s portable BAC right before an arrest. If you test over 0.08% BAC, you know for sure it’s time to stay over or call a cab. 

Understand Your Personal Limitations 

How the human body metabolizes alcohol varies widely from person to person. There are some consistencies, such as weight and sex, but alcohol tolerance is highly individualized. It’s critical that you understand your own limits when imbibing and take care not to push the threshold of what you can handle; if you do, surrender your keys and utilize your backup plan, detailed below. 

Have a Backup Plan

Even if you plan on drinking responsibly and driving yourself home, it’s always a good idea to have a backup plan. If you enjoy yourself and imbibe a little too much — which is very easy to do — at least you have another safe way home. Have a taxi’s telephone number or your Uber app on hand, or arrange a sober driver ahead of time just in case. 

Charged With Drunk Driving Despite Your Best Efforts? Help Is Available 

Were you arrested for Operating Under the Influence (OUI) even though you did everything in your power to prevent it? You need legal help. Contact Thomas Kokonowski today to learn more about your rights after an OUI arrest and how you can fight the charges against you. Call now at 413-585-9200 (Northampton), 413-549-0022 (Amherst), 413-737-9700 (Springfield).