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Hopefully, spring break won’t spark need for criminal defense

On Behalf of | Apr 7, 2023 | Criminal Defense

In New Hampshire and across the country, college students are gearing up for spring break. Perhaps you’re one of them or are the parent of someone attending a college campus in this state. It’s a fun time of year, when students can set rigorous academics aside and kick back for some fun and relaxation. Parties are common during spring break, and, unfortunately, intoxication is too, which often prompts a need for criminal defense when police arrest students for suspected DUI.  

It’s possible to enjoy spring break without getting arrested. It’s also possible to imbibe alcohol (if you are 21 or older) without becoming intoxicated or making an irresponsible choice to drive a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. Keeping several tips in mind can help you avoid DUI trouble while you are on spring break.  

Legal BAC is .08 but impairment often sets in sooner 

In New Hampshire, it is illegal to operate a motor vehicle if your Blood Alcohol Content (BAC) is .08 or higher. The problem with this is that many college students consider it safe to drive if their BAC is lower than .08, which often is a bad idea. Studies show that impairment may set in long before your BAC reaches the legal limit for driving. You can avoid facing DUI charges on spring break if you arrange for transportation any time you plan to consume alcohol, regardless of your BAC level.  

Ask the bartender to help you avoid DUI 

You might go out with friends on spring break, fully intending to abstain from alcohol, then change your mind and have a drink or two throughout the evening. You’ll be glad to know that many bars keep a list of transportation resources on hand for drivers. You can arrange to pick up your vehicle the following day. 

Don’t buy into the myths about sobering up 

Drinking coffee or taking a shower is not going to lower your BAC after consuming alcohol. It’s a myth that you can use various tricks to quickly sober up so that you can drive. While drinking water simultaneously with alcohol consumption might slow down the absorption rate in your body, there is no quick fix.  

It also doesn’t matter whether you’ve consumed wine, beer or liquor. Each type of alcohol affects brain function. Impairment may include a slowed reaction time, skewed vision and balance, as well as difficulty forming coherent thoughts.  

What to do if you need criminal defense on spring break

If a New Hampshire police officer takes you into custody on spring break for suspected DUI, it might not only ruin your vacation but place your college career and freedom at stake, as well. Not to mention the fact that no one wants to have to call home and tell their parents or legal guardian that they’re in jail. If this happens to you, it’s best to secure legal representation right away, which will provide the support you need as you navigate the criminal justice system. 

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