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When you're under the influence of alcohol, it's easy to believe you can safely get behind the wheel of your car. Not only is this a bad idea from a safety perspective, but doing so can also land you in serious legal trouble.

There are many simple steps you can take to stop yourself from driving drunk:

  • Choose a designated driver early in the night: Don't look for a ride after you're drunk. Instead, work this out with a friend or family member before your fun begins.
  • Pay for a ride home: It's inconvenient to leave your car where you are, but paying for a ride home is a safer option. You can call a traditional cab, Uber or Lyft. Regardless of your choice, you're safer when you're not driving.
  • Take a minute to think: Alcohol impairs your judgment, which often results in rash decisions. Rather than think things through, you grab your keys, jump in the driver's seat and hit the road. If you simply give yourself a few minutes to consider what you're doing, you're likely to realize that driving at this time is a poor decision.

When you stop yourself from driving drunk, you eliminate any chance of being charged with driving under the influence of alcohol.

However, since people can make mistakes, there may come a time when you find yourself pulled over and being questioned about your sobriety.

If you're facing DUI charges, don't assume that there's no way to defend yourself. There may be several strategies you can use to lessen your penalties or avoid a conviction altogether.

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