Many people in Harrisonburg will probably use St. Patrick’s Day to take some time to relax with friends and family. Of course, one of the common customs of this holiday is to drink beer and other alcohol.

Most Virginians try to drink responsibly when they choose to drink, especially if they expect to drive home afterward. However, even for the most responsible people, mistakes can be made.

It is, after all, somewhat difficult to judge exactly how much is too much to be able to drive legally. Even with breath and blood tests, whether someone engaged in drunk driving is still to some extent a judgment call.

There also all kinds of legal issues involved in even the most routine DUI case. Questions such as whether an officer had the right to stop a motorist in the first place or whether the officer conducted test properly always need to be asked and researched.

Law enforcement will likely be out in full force over St. Patrick’s Day, which means that it is very possible for someone who tries to drive safely gets arrested and charged with a DUI.

Of course, even for a first-time offender, the penalties for such a charge can be serious. In addition to the financial cost, jail is a possibility, and someone convicted of drunk driving will likely have to deal with a license suspension. They could face other consequences as well, including trouble at their jobs.

For this reason, it would be advisable for someone who winds up with a DUI over St. Patrick’s Day to consult with an experienced legal professional who understands the law and is also familiar with the local court system. In this respect, the attorneys at our office can help someone accused of a DUI get through the process as smoothly as possible.