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How a DWI can put a damper on the holiday season

As the holiday season quickly approaches, many families will begin planning gatherings. It’s not uncommon that get-togethers will include a bit of drinking and gift exchanges to celebrate. Limiting your alcohol consumption or planning a sober ride is vital, as a drunk driving charge will ruin your holidays.

Between the years of 2012 to 2016, 14,472 people lost their lives in car crashes during the month of December. Nearly one-third of all these fatal accidents involved a drunk driver. This goes to show that there is a chance you might not survive the holiday season if you choose to go behind the wheel drunk. Even if you do manage to make it home safe, there are plenty of consequences that can create added stress during the holidays and negatively impact your life for many years to come.

Reality of a DWI charge

Your first DWI offense in New Jersey can result in a six-month license suspension, mandatory alcohol class and treatment and temporary vehicle impoundment. So, your situation will come full circle. You’ll need to rely on others or public transportation, all because you drove after drinking alcohol.

Then, once you get your vehicle back, you might have to install a breathalyzer tool, also known as an ignition interlock device, in order to start your car. You might also face steep fines and legal fees. This can be especially difficult during a season where many people wind up spending a lot of money on party planning, travel and presents. Plus, in the long-term, you’ll have to deal with higher auto insurance rates and a mark on your driving record.

Getting past the emotional and financial burdens of a DWI isn’t easy to do on your own. So, if you do find yourself taking roadside tests after a night of drinking, you should hire an attorney to help lessen the long-lasting penalties of a drunk driving offense.

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