As a college student, you enjoy hanging out with friends. Depending on your preferences, this could result in alcohol consumption.
If you have any plans to consume alcohol at a party, it’s imperative that you have a plan for getting home safely. And that never means getting behind the wheel and driving.
Here are some of the best ways to get home if you’ve been drinking:
- Designated driver: Before you hit the party scene, designate someone in your group as the designated driver. This person will remain sober, ensuring that no one with alcohol in their system is tempted to drive.
- Call for a ride: From Uber to a local taxi service, there are a variety of transportation options available to you. From an app on your phone, you can quickly contact a driver to pick you up.
- Walk: Even if you’re not thrilled with the idea, it’s safer than driving drunk. If you plan on walking, do so with a group of people. This will help keep you safe.
No matter the situation, here’s what you should always remember: Drinking and driving is never worth the risk.
Even if you think you’re “sober enough” to drive home after a party, you’re taking a big risk with your health and future. You could cause an accident and/or find yourself facing serious criminal charges.
If you’re arrested for driving under the influence as a college student, do the following:
- Remain quiet
- Don’t resist arrest
- Pay close attention to what the officer does and says
All of this will help you when your day in court arrives.
Although DUI charges are serious, it doesn’t necessarily mean it will result in a conviction. You have the right to defend yourself in court, which can help you avoid serious consequences or lessen the penalties levied against you.
Should you simply sit back and hope for the best, a conviction could alter your life in many ways, including: license suspension, loss of financial aid, fine and even time in jail. You’re always better off heading into court with a defense strategy you can trust and rely on.