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Liquor, beer, and wine sales soar, will OVIs follow?

On Behalf of | Dec 10, 2023 | Criminal Defense |

The holiday season is here and, not surprisingly, convenience stores are stocking up on their beer, wine, and liquor offerings. Those in the grocery industry know that their booze aisles get hit hard this time of year as people start planning for holiday gatherings.

As we head off to various gatherings, we can find ourselves greeted with an invitation to try the latest IPA, a smooth chardonnay, or one of the newest holiday cocktails. Managing these offerings is not always easy. Whether we have one or a few more, we may find ourselves regretting the choice if we leave the party only to see flashing lights in our rearview mirror.

Are there more drunk driving arrests during the holidays?

The federal government often encourages increased police presence during the holiday season, and this year is no different. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has announced plans to run its annual Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over campaign from December 14 through January 1.

Ohio has participated in these programs in the past and will likely do so again this holiday season. Officials have included the use of checkpoints as part of the initiative. As such, drivers should prepare themselves for similar efforts this year and an increased risk of allegations of drunk driving.

What happens if I am accused of an OVI?

It is important to take the matter seriously if those flashing lights led to a traffic stop and allegations of drunk driving. Penalties can include license suspension, fines, and potential incarceration. There is also the potential of the social stigma that comes with the charges. Those who have a professional license, like a commercial drivers license or medical license, can also face additional suspensions or revocations. This can make it difficult to continue in your chosen profession.

Take the time to build a defense to the allegations. There are various rules that the police must follow when building their case. An attorney experienced in this area of the law can review your situation and provide guidance, better ensuring a more favorable outcome.

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