It’s almost autumn, Halloween, and the holiday season. As usual, Californians will be celebrating with family and friends. Sometimes, people think that if they only drink beer or wine, they’ll be “okay” to drive. Nothing could be more inaccurate or dangerous. In fact, for the average person, whether you enjoy mixed drinks, wine, or beer, it’s all about the same. If you’re stopped by the police after drinking any alcoholic beverages, you’ll probably be arrested and charged with DUI. If that happens to you in southern California, get legal representation and call an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney immediately.

The typical bottle or can of beer is 12 ounces. Although beers vary widely, 12 ounces of typical American lager beer – Budweiser, for example – is going to contain about 0.6 ounces of alcohol. While wines also vary widely, the typical five-ounce glass of wine contains about 0.65 ounces of alcohol. A typical mixed drink also has about 0.6 ounces of alcohol. What you’re drinking, it turns out, isn’t nearly as important as how much you’re drinking and other factors like your weight, gender, and last meal.

In fact, too many drivers still attempt to “calculate” how much – or what – they can drink and remain under the legal blood alcohol content (BAC) limit (0.08 percent) for driving. Don’t do it – it’s inevitably a losing proposition. If you plan to drive, don’t drink, and if you plan to drink, designate a driver, call a cab, or find another alternative. The risks of a “miscalculation” – fines, probation, and jail time – are too great, not to mention the potential damage to your finances, family, and career.

DUI is dealt with as a serious crime in California. If you’re charged with DUI, you’ll need the knowledgeable counsel of an experienced DUI lawyer who can protect your rights, address your concerns, and advocate aggressively on your behalf. If you are charged with DUI anywhere in southern California, consult at once with an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney.