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Commercial drivers and driving under the influence

Commercial drivers in Massachusetts are responsible to the public in a variety of ways, from driving children to and from school to transporting hazardous materials. As a result, there are stricter laws and penalties regarding driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Stay safe this holiday season

The holiday season in Massachusetts is festive, and people tend to drink more than normal during this time. Unfortunately, getting behind the wheel after a night of partying is never smart and DUIs tend to increase during the holidays. Both partiers and hosts need to take responsibility and make sure no one gets behind the wheel after drinking.

Personal consequences of a DUI

The majority of drivers in Massachusetts know that driving under the influence of alcohol is against the law, and they have an idea of many of the legal consequences. Getting convicted of a DUI can lead to the loss of a driver's license, court fees, fines and possible jail time. Some drivers will also be required to take alcohol classes and be on probation for a certain period of time. There are also personal consequences that many may not think about, and these can affect the person for a long time.

Divorce and drunk driving

For some people, going through the divorce process can be very tough. Unfortunately, this can give rise to other challenges, such as an increase in the amount of alcohol one consumes. When someone drinks more often, and in greater quantities, they may be more likely to operate a vehicle while intoxicated at some point. Unfortunately, drunk driving charges can make it even more difficult for someone who has already been through a tough divorce to move forward in their life.

Drunk driving charges and Halloween

People are charged with DUI throughout the year, but some occasions, such as holidays, often see an increase in the number of drivers who are pulled over for operating a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. There are multiple reasons why Halloween can give rise to an increase in drunk drivers, such as costume parties that bring many people to bars and celebrations with friends and family members. Moreover, law enforcement officials may be especially vigilant when it comes to drunk driving. If you are charged with drunk driving on Halloween, or at any other time, it is crucial to know what is at stake and go over your options immediately.

How can I treat alcohol abuse?

If you’ve recently been charged with a DUI in Massachusetts, your problems might extend beyond legal. In fact, many people with DUI charges also find they have issues with interpersonal relationships, work, and even their health, all of which stem from alcohol abuse. If you believe you might be one of these people, WebMD offers the following information on the different treatment options available.

Strategies to decrease repeat DUIs

Massachusetts has strict DUI laws, and one of the goals of them is not only to punish drivers for breaking the law but also prevent them from drinking and driving in the future. While the majority of drivers seem to learn their lesson, there is a pretty high percentage that gets subsequent DUIs. While DUI prevention strategies may work for some of these drivers, some seemed wired to continue this risky behavior even when the penalties are high.

Can I sleep drunk in my car?

Drivers in Massachusetts are required to operate a vehicle responsibly, and part of that is not driving while under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Unfortunately, some drivers drink too much and get behind the wheel. In some instances, the driver may realize they should not drive and decide to sleep it off in the vehicle before driving anywhere. While this may seem like a responsible move, this may backfire and result in a DUI arrest anyways. While there are some tactics you can take to decrease the chances of arrest, it may be best to get a hotel room or call a sober driver to drive you to your destination.

Inexperienced drinkers and DUI charges

Sometimes, people find themselves charged with driving under the influence multiple times, after being pulled over again as a result of their addiction to alcohol or tendency to drink too much on the weekend. In other instances, however, a person may be accused of operating a vehicle while drunk even though they rarely drink alcohol. In fact, there are a number of reasons why this scenario can be especially challenging for those facing DUI charges and if you have recently been charged with driving drunk even though you are an infrequent drinker, it is extremely important to clearly understand your legal options.

College and DUIs

College students in Massachusetts are heading back to campus, excited for a new year. Drinking is a big part of college life for some students, and this can lead to many issues including being arrested for a DUI. Getting a DUI as a college student can have more consequences than for other settled adults. While the same penalties for a DUI apply, future careers and scholarships may also be at stake.

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