Why St. Patrick’s day is not so lucky for many drivers

On Behalf of | Mar 11, 2021 | DUI Defense |

San Diego has canceled its St. Patrick’s day parade again this year. That does not mean you cannot still celebrate.

St Patrick’s day means more DUI checkpoints

The police know that people like a drink on St. Patrick’s day. They set up a series of checkpoints to catch people driving under the influence (DUI) of alcohol or drugs. Typically they arrest over 1,000 people throughout the state each St. Patrick’s day. If you are going to drink, you should designate a driver, take a taxi or public transport.

What happens if I am charged with a DUI?

If the police stop you and charge you with a DUI, it is crucial to seek legal advice. There are many defenses available. Which one you use depends on the circumstances. Here are a few you might consider:

  • The police tests were wrong: Did you fail a field sobriety test? Bad balance, poor coordination or a disability could explain this. Did you fail a blood alcohol test? Machines can read wrong if not maintained. Prescription medication can also affect results.
  • The police set up their checkpoint wrong: Specific rules govern how police officers set up and run DUI checkpoints.
  • The police got the wrong person: The troopers say they saw a leprechaun in a black car weaving across the road as it passed them a few miles back. You may be driving a black car and dressed as a leprechaun. That does not mean it was you they saw.

You cannot rely on the luck of the Irish to get you off a DUI charge. Create your own luck by talking to an experienced attorney.