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Your DWI defense begins with the traffic stop

No one wants to be saddled with a conviction for driving while intoxicated (DWI) on their record. The consequences of a conviction for drunk driving can affect nearly every facet of your life going forward.

But it is important to understand that the defense for a DWI does not begin inside the courtroom. Instead, it begins as soon as you glimpse those blue lights behind you in the rearview mirror and pull over. To that end, below is some important information to keep in mind.

Underage DUIs and collisions can lead to trouble

Your child has always been a little on the wild side, and you often encouraged their eccentricities. You want them to make mistakes and to learn from them. Unfortunately, their latest mistake is not one that you expected.

They decided to break into your liquor cabinet and get drunk with friends while you were at work. Then, they took a joyride in your car. That car is now in a ditch and being towed, while your child is facing serious allegations of being drunk behind the wheel.

Don't let drunk driving ruin baseball season

With baseball season starting, you want to be there to cheer for your team. You and your colleagues are all major fans of the game, so you usually head out after work to the bar to watch. As the season approaches and begins, it's important that you take the time to remind yourself and your friends and colleagues about staying safe while you're enjoying your night out.

Whether you watch college baseball or the Major League, it's going to be soured if you end up with a DUI. That's why one good tip for you this season is to consider setting up a designated driver each game day. The likelihood is that you do have a colleague or two who are cutting back on alcohol or who don't mind skipping a day. If you rotate, you can all ride together and have your sober colleague take you back to your houses after the game.

Drunk driving crash? Consider hiring an attorney

You drank all night with your friends, and then you realized that your designated driver was nowhere to be found. One of your friends suggested that they might have left with someone they met at the bar, but that puts you in a dangerous position.

Prevent drunk driving crashes by being aware

Drinking and driving is a known hazard to yourself and others. While the only way to prevent these accidents as a result of your own actions is to avoid drinking and driving at any time, there are also a number of ways that you can prevent others from getting into crashes.

Any time alcohol mixes with driving, it's a bad combination. Even at a blood alcohol concentration of .02%, people still see the impact of alcohol on their nervous system. It's not safe to drive drunk, but what can you do to help prevent it?

Fight a DWI charge, and you can help protect your future

You and your friends love football season. It's not just a game, it's a way of life for you. Every time there is a game, you head down to the local sports bar, have a few beers, watch the game and then head home.

Lately, there have been many more officers around the bar, and you've noticed more people getting pulled over. Still, you felt like you were safe from that, because you'd only ever had a few drinks before heading out. Unfortunately, you were wrong.

Just how quickly can your body reach a .08% blood alcohol level?

When you plan to drink, whether it's a few drinks with friends or drinks at dinner, you need to make plans to get home safely. If you aren't cautious, you could end up driving home while intoxicated.

If the police stop you and accuse you of a DWI, you may find that you're in a world of trouble. You could be asked to take a breath test, and your blood alcohol content could be above .08%.

How long will it take your body to process your alcoholic drinks?

Whether you're watching the game at a friend's house or hanging out at the bar with your co-workers after work, throwing back a few drinks can be a great social lubricant and make the time fly by. When it's time to head home, you want to make sure that you're being safe and responsible.

Making sure you don't drink too much too quickly is always a smart decision if you intend to drive, but how do you know when it's safe to get behind the wheel again?

Who is most likely to drink and drive?

Motor vehicle crashes are the leading cause of death for persons under 24 years old in the United States, and nearly half of them are alcohol-related, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation.

Between Christmas and New Year’s Day, nearly 300 people die each year in drunk-driving crashes across the country. The holidays are also a time for increased enforcement measures resulting in more DWI charges.

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Travis Noble is a graduate of the National College for DUI Defense at Harvard University, and he lectures at seminars nationwide on DWI/DUI topics. He is the lawyer whom other lawyers consult to defend their DWI clients. Most importantly, he has a track record of successfully defending some of the toughest DWI cases in Missouri and beyond.

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