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Ideas for Valentine's Day celebrations without alcohol

Nothing can ruin a Valentine's Day night out like a DUI. An excellent way to avoid that is by not drinking alcohol. Maybe you've already had one DUI and have an ignition interlock device (IID) on your car that prevents you from driving after drinking. Perhaps you're volunteering to be a designated driver that night. Maybe you no longer drink.

Whatever your reason for not including alcohol in your Valentine's Day celebration, you can still have fun -- whether it's a romantic night with that special someone or a night out with your fellow single friends. Let's look at a few options:

Celebrate at home

Instead of going to a restaurant where it will seem like everyone is drinking wine or champagne, plan a dinner at home -- complete with your favorite nonalcoholic beverages. This also helps you avoid the crowds and the traffic.

See a movie

This is a tried-and-true date option. It's also a great choice if you're spending Valentine's Day with friends. Check out one of the Oscar-nominated films you haven't seen yet. Just avoid a theater that serves alcohol and/or includes a restaurant.

Find a local event

Many cities, including Baltimore, have a multitude of events around Valentine's Day -- including "Galentine's Day" events. It's best to avoid the ones in restaurants and pubs.

You can count on the fact that law enforcement officers will be out from Valentine's Day through the weekend this year. A DUI arrest will not only ruin your night but can have consequences for months and possibly years in the future. If you or a loved one is facing a DUI charge, it's essential to seek experienced legal guidance.

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