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How Can I Prevent Friends and Family from Driving Drunk?

In 2014, nearly one-third of all traffic accidents in the United States involved alcohol, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Despite the danger, DUI is still one of the most common criminal offenses in Florida.

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At Leader & Leader P.A., we understand that honest people make mistakes. As your criminal defense attorney in Fort Lauderdale, Michael D. Leader will aggressively represent your interests. Call 954-523-2020 today to schedule a free consultation.

How Can I Prevent Loved Ones from Driving Drunk?

Stopping friends and family from driving drunk is not always easy. If you’re too friendly, they might not take you seriously; if you’re too confrontational, they might get defensive and refuse to listen.

Mothers Against Drunk Driving recommends these four steps to prevent loved ones from driving drunk:

  1. Do Not Be Confrontational

Some people become aggressive when they are drunk, so avoid being confrontational when you ask a friend not to drive. Try to remain calm and rational, and talk slowly.

  1. Recommend Safe Ways to Reach Their Destination

Try to find a sober friend to drive, or call a taxi. Paying a cab fare is much cheaper than the costs associated with DUI charges.

  1. Enlist the Help of a Mutual Friend

It is harder to say “no” to two or three people compared to just one. Ask a mutual friend to help you intervene.

  1. Take the Car Keys

If your friend still intends to drive, then take his or her keys. Then, call a cab or ask your friend to spend the night.

If your best efforts fail, MADD recommends that you call the police. Nobody wants their friend to get a DUI, but this is far better than potentially dying or killing another person.

How Common Are DUI Convictions in Florida?

In 2011, there were more than 30,000 DUI convictions in Florida, according to the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles. Law enforcement agencies issued 55,722 DUI tickets that year.

If you are facing DUI charges, one of the biggest mistakes you can make is not calling a true DUI Defense attorney (as opposed to a criminal attorney that merely handles some DUI cases as part of their practice). Many people mistakenly assume that there is no point to fighting DUI charges, or that no defense would apply to their case.  Not only is that often untrue but is frequently a huge mistake!

In Florida, there are many ways to challenge and beat DUI charges. Depending on the facts surrounding your arrest, a DUI lawyer may be able to get your case thrown out of court or have the charges reduced.

Michael D. Leader of Leader & Leader P.A. will evaluate your case, explain your defense options, and fight tenaciously to obtain the most favorable outcome that is possible.

As your DUI lawyer in Fort Lauderdale, Mr. Leader will make himself available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Call 954-523-2020 to schedule a free initial consultation.




By |2016-09-19T17:58:11+00:00September 19th, 2016|Articles, Blog, Criminal Lawyer, DUI|0 Comments

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