With the holidays bearing down upon us, it means people everywhere will be celebrating, drinking, and getting arrested for DWI . The holidays always mean heightened DUI enforcement by the California Highway Patrol and local law enforcement agencies. You can count on seeing some news stories about DUI “task forces” who will be looking to make every possible drunk driving arrest. If you’re charged with DWI this holiday season, contact an experienced Orange County DWI attorney immediately.

The law in California says that you cannot drive a vehicle if you are at or over the 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) level. Everyone reacts differently to alcohol, but if you drink more than a 12-ounce beer or 6-ounce glass of wine, you are probably wise to refrain from driving until you’ve had a night’s sleep. If you weigh a hundred pounds or less, even one beer or glass of wine can put you above the legal limit. If you do choose to drink, don’t drive. Use a designated driver, a car service, or a taxi, or find a room or a friend’s couch for the night. It might be inconvenient, but it’s not as inconvenient as the jail, the hospital, or the morgue.

If you are nevertheless charged with DWI – let’s assume that you’re wrongly accused and you’re innocent – how do you defend yourself? Speak first with an experienced DUI lawyer. A good DWI lawyer will challenge any DUI test results as well as the testimony of the arresting officer(s). An arrest is not the equivalent of a conviction. Don’t give up. Fight the charge. You cannot be convicted of DUI unless the state can prove your guilt beyond a reasonable doubt. An experienced DWI lawyer can protect your rights, explain your legal options, and fight aggressively for justice on your behalf. If you’re facing a DWI charge or any alcohol-related criminal charge in southern California during the holidays, speak at once to an experienced Orange County DWI attorney.