From Memorial Day through Labor Day, there are plenty of summertime holidays, activities, and events to enjoy. Many of these different events, like 4th of July, trips to the beach, backyard barbeques, and pool parties, often involve cracking open a nice cold beer or your other favorite summertime cold alcoholic beverage.

While drinking alcohol at various summer outings and events is perfectly acceptable, it is not acceptable to get behind the wheel and attempt to drive after drinking. If you do, you could face serious consequences and penalties. Even if you feel like you are “okay” to drive after spending all afternoon by the pool drinking with friends, here are five reasons to not drive in New Jersey:

    1. A free vacation to your local jail. If you are arrested and charged with a DUI, you must spend a period of time in jail. If you are arrested on a Friday night, you could easily sit in jail until Monday morning if a judge is not available all weekend to set your bail.jail-barrack
    2. Spending your summer vacation money on your DUI. All that money that was set aside for your family summer vacation to Walt Disney World will now have to be used to hire a DUI lawyer, pay to get your car out of an impound lot, pay for rideshare services since your license is suspended, and more. If you are found guilty of the offense, there are mandatory fines and fees that easily add up to several thousands of dollars.
    3. Having to burn up your paid time off to deal with your charges. You will have to appear in court a few different times, have meetings with your DUI lawyer, and other obligations you will need to complete until your case is fully resolved. Even afterward, you may have to attend special education courses, perform community service, and complete other duties that will require even more time off work.
    4. Having to take out a second mortgage to cover increased vehicle insurance costs. If you are found guilty of a DUI, you will be required to pay a mandatory $1,000 insurance premium surcharge on top of your current insurance rates every year for three years. Your own insurance company could also increase your rates because you are now considered a high-risk driver.
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    5. Damaging how you are viewed by your friends, neighbors, coworkers, and employer. The news of your arrest for DUI is public knowledge, and someone you know is bound to find out. Once they do, it is only a matter of time before it is all over social media. If your employer finds out, it could easily affect your job and future career opportunities.

Hopefully, you can see having fun while drinking this summer should not include driving. In the event you are arrested and charged with a DUI, you can get help from affordable criminal defense lawyer in Jersey City, Keith Hirschorn, P.C. Call our law firm at 201-798-4444 for a free case evaluation and consultation today!