Young people, as we all know, are relentlessly inventive and adventurous, which is usually a good thing, but when they invent new ways to get drunk, that inventiveness can genuinely be a bad thing. In the 70s, the fad was fruit-flavored wines combined with marijuana. In the 80s, it was “shooting” a can of beer or malt liquor by opening both ends and taking it all in one long gulp. In the summer of 2014, the latest youthful drinking fad is mixing alcohol with energy drinks like Red Bull, Rockstar, and Monster. Young people in California are combining these drinks with hard liquor, predominantly vodka and Jägermeister. However, what’s most alarming is the misconception among some young drivers that because “energy” drinks can increase alertness, it’s somehow okay to drive if you mix them with alcohol. It isn’t.

While drinkers may fool themselves into believing that stimulation from energy drinks reduces the effect of alcohol, it doesn’t. The practical effect is young people end up driving and thinking they aren’t intoxicated when they are. Being arrested for DUI in this scenario isn’t the worst thing that can happen – that would be a fatal accident. If you or someone in your family is charged with DUI in southern California, it’s imperative to get skilled legal counsel right away; call an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney at once.

DUI penalties in California can be quite severe, but a good DUI defense lawyer will work aggressively to compile evidence and line up witnesses on your behalf, challenge the prosecution’s evidence, and bring your case to its best possible resolution. Do not go to court alone, and do not plead guilty before consulting with an experienced Orange County DUI defense attorney. If you are charged with DUI in southern California, make the call immediately.