St. Patrick’s day is traditionally a big day of celebration in North Carolina. The celebrations begin early with many restaurants and pubs offering “kegs and eggs” for breakfast. The green beer will be flowing as parties continue late into the evening.
No one wants to ruin the fun, but you do need to be careful. If you drink to the point of being drunk and then get behind the wheel of a car, you could face getting a DWI.
How to avoid getting a DWI on St. Patrick’s day
Here are some steps that you can take to keep your celebration from ending with a DWI.
- Designate a driver and make sure they stay sober. Treat your designated driver to non-alcoholic drinks and lots of food. They can have fun even if they aren’t drinking.
- Eat beforehand and during the celebration. Having food in your system will help you metabolize the alcohol.
- Charge your phone and download Uber or Lyft before you head out. Then, you’ll be able to call for a ride if you need one.
- Take the keys away from anyone in your party who is drunk and intending to drive.
- Stay at the party until you sober up, then head home.
Following these steps will ensure that you have a safe and enjoyable St. Patrick’s day.
What if I do get a DWI?
If you do end up getting a DWI, the consequences can be serious. If convicted, first-time offenders can expect A $200 fine, a jail sentence of 24-60 days, and a 30-day suspension of their driver’s license. The stakes are even higher if this is your second or third offense.
If you are facing a DWI charge following your St. Patrick’s day celebration, an experienced legal guide can help you get the best possible outcome for your case.