Avoid an Arizona DUI Over the Holidays by Planning Ahead
By Zachary Mushkatel on December 5, 2012
The holidays mean parties and other events to a lot of people, but holidays also come with increased driving under the influence of alcohol (DUI) police patrols and sobriety checkpoints, which lead to an increased chance of a DUI arrest or charge. Even an arrest on suspicion of drunk driving carries consequences, so it’s important to protect yourself during this holiday season.
One of the best ways to protect yourself against an Arizona drunk driving charge this holiday season is to plan ahead. If you’re going out, make sure you know how you’re getting home before you leave your house. A designated driver, a cab, public transportation, or even walking could be your saving grace from an arrest on suspicion of drunk driving.
To help others avoid DUI charges of their own, consider saving the phone numbers of local cab companies in your cell phone. If you see someone who probably shouldn’t be driving, use the numbers to call him or her a sober ride home. This is also a good method to use if you’re not sure where the night will take you, or if you can’t be certain your designated driver will be ready to leave when you are.
Finally, if you have a designated driver, make sure he or she knows how much you appreciate his or her help. Offer to buy your driver’s favorite non-alcoholic beverage or dinner or cover the cost of a tank of gas.
If you’re facing an Arizona DUI charge, you need an aggressive defense to protect your legal rights and fight for the best possible outcome, and at Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC, our skilled Phoenix DUI defense attorneys can help you present the defense you need. For a confidential consultation, call us today at (623) 889-0691.
Zachary Mushkatel is an Arizona native who earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona in 2001 and his law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School in 2004. After serving as a public defender, he entered into private practice and, ultimately, joined forces with Mathis Becker to form the law firm known today as Mushkatel, Robbins & Becker, PLLC. In addition to criminal law, Mushkatel practices civil litigation, with a focus on estate litigation and personal injury cases. He also serves on the Board of Directors for the Surprise Regional Chamber of Commerce and Sun Valley Lodge, and he is an executive officer and member of the Board of Directors for the West Maricopa County Bar Association.