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How to avoid drunk driving charges this Halloween

Halloween has become one of America's favorite holidays -- and it definitely isn't just for kids! There are a lot of adult-themed parties over the Halloween weekend every year, and most of them involve alcohol.

You can bet that your local law enforcement will be on the watch for drunk drivers throughout the Halloween weekend. Since the penalties you can face for drunk driving are truly frightening, here are some tips you can use to avoid problems:

1. Remove your mask before you get in the car

Remember, the police need a reason, or probable cause, to pull a car over. Even if you don't break any traffic laws, a mask or costume that seems to obstruct your vision might give an officer enough reason to stop you.

2. Drive safely and responsibly

The best defense against a drunk driving charge is to never tempt fate. If you're going someplace where alcohol is being served, make sure that you have a designated driver who is willing to stay sober before you engage in any heavy drinking. In addition, drivers need to carefully obey traffic laws, including speed limits. Never give the police a good reason to stop the car!

3. If you do drink, carefully limit your intake

If you are going to drink at a Halloween party or another event, make sure that you carefully limit yourself. It's a good idea to stop drinking an hour or two before you intend to head home, to give your body time to clear some of the alcohol from your system. If you feel even the slightest bit tipsy, leave your car where it is and call a friend, a taxi or Uber for a ride!

4. Know how to respond to questions if you are stopped

If you are stopped for a traffic violation while on your way home from a party, expect the officer to ask questions about where you've been and where you are going. These questions are designed to give the officer probable cause to run a Breathalyzer test. Tell the officer you decline to answer any questions without an attorney present and limit your conversation to the traffic stop only. Otherwise, a stop for a broken taillight can quickly turn into a drunk driving charge!

If you are charged with drunk driving this Halloween, make sure that you discuss your case with an experienced defense attorney.

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