As we enter the 2017 holiday season in Missoula, we at Schulte Law Firm want to wish you very happy holidays. We also see a lot of DUI/possession cases, unfortunately, stemming from holiday parties gone wrong. We have put together a list of a few holiday party safety tips to keep your holiday festivities safe so you can focus on spending time with your family and friends this season. And always remember, if you need a Missoula DUI Lawyer, call us right away.
- Figure out how everyone is getting home – come up with a plan before you are on the road of how you will get home. If you haven’t already, download the Uber app and put your info in before you go out. If you’re hosting, don’t party so hard so that you can’t see if someone needs help getting a ride home. There are plenty of drivers in the Missoula area!
- Make sure your car is safe – fix your cracked windshield or busted tail light. If you have something visibly wrong with your car, a police officer has probable cause to pull you over and stop you. The best thing you can do is make sure your car is in good working condition. It will keep you and other drivers on the road safe that way. If you do get pulled over and are coming from a holiday party, you may open yourself up to additional questioning that you might not have had to face if your car was in its safest condition.
- Fire Safety – if you have a bonfire, fireplaces, lights plugged into power strips, candles, or are burning other things with open flames, make sure you have a fire extinguisher handy. You can get one at Target for under $25. Keep it in your kitchen or garage so you have peace of mind that if something catches on fire you can stop it fast.
Missoula cops are out around the holidays patrolling for holiday party guests who have had a little too much fun. If the police officer thinks there is enough evidence to arrest you for DUI, or if you are found with drugs or paraphernalia, you may be arrested and booked. If you just got arrested and need a Missoula DUI Lawyer, call us at 406-721-6655.
While you are in custody it is important to be cooperative but not say anything that may be deemed as an admission. This is the time to call us at Schulte Law Firm to protect your rights. We will counsel you through the criminal process which can be scary and confusing.
We hope you have a very happy and safe holiday season, Missoula!