You may find yourself in a situation where everyone else at a social gathering or event is highly intoxicated, and you are deemed to be the most sober person there. For instance, this will sometimes happen to college students who go to off-campus apartments for social events on the weekends. You may drink at the apartment and then have your friends ask you to drive them back to campus because they think it would be safest for you to do so.
But should you actually take this risk? If you get pulled over by the police, are they going to be swayed at all by the fact that you were just trying to be safe and you were the most sober option at the time?
Never be pressured into drunk driving
It’s important, especially for young people, to understand that they should never be pressured into driving after they’ve consumed any alcohol. Even if you are the most sober person in the room, that doesn’t mean it is safe or legal for you to drive. There’s always a better option, such as calling a rideshare service, and so the police are not going to take the excuse that you thought what you were doing was safe.
Additionally, even if you’re not over the legal limit, you can still get a DUI. One example of this is that there are zero tolerance laws for drivers who are under 21. So even having a single beer could still net you a DUI if you’re the one driving home at the end of the night.
If you do end up facing these types of charges, be sure you know about all of your legal defense options.