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When you think of the holiday season, you likely look forward to spending time with family and friends, parties, good food, and more. While the holiday season should be fun and enjoyable, there is a darker side that our criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Stephen J. Pisani know about all too well – drunk driving accidents.

There is no reason you can’t enjoy a drink with family and friends. However, you should avoid getting behind the wheel. Doing so puts you and others at risk.

If you are involved in a drunk driving accident or arrested for Driving Under the Influence (DUI), we are here to help. Our attorneys understand how criminal charges can hamper the holiday spirit. You can contact our office to learn more about your legal rights and options.

Understanding the Risk

The holidays are a time for joy and gatherings, but unfortunately, they also witness a spike in drunk driving incidents. The combination of holiday parties, family gatherings, and alcohol consumption can lead to poor decision-making and dangerous driving behaviors.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is one of the deadliest times on U.S. roads due to drunk driving.

The Colorado Perspective

In Colorado, the situation is particularly concerning. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) reports a significant number of drunk driving accidents during the holiday season. These accidents not only result in tragic fatalities but also cause serious injuries and extensive property damage.

Drunk Driving Laws in Colorado

Colorado law is stringent on drunk driving. A blood alcohol concentration (BAC) of 0.08% or higher constitutes driving under the influence (DUI). Penalties include fines, jail time, license suspension, and mandatory alcohol education classes. For drivers under 21, the state has a zero-tolerance policy, and punishments can be severe even for lower BAC levels.

The Role of a Criminal Defense Attorney

In the unfortunate event of a drunk driving accident, securing a knowledgeable criminal defense attorney is crucial. A skilled lawyer can navigate the complex legal system, ensuring that the rights of the accused are protected. They can guide plea deals, represent the charged in court, and work towards minimizing penalties.

Victim Rights and Personal Injury Claims

Victims of drunk driving accidents have rights, too. They can file personal injury claims to seek compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, and other damages. An experienced attorney can help victims understand their rights and guide them through the legal process of obtaining fair compensation.

Prevention of Drunk Driving Accidents This Holiday Season

The best way to avoid the consequences of drunk driving is prevention. Safe driving practices during the holidays include:

  • Planning Ahead: If you plan to drink, arrange for a designated driver or use ride-sharing services.
  • Hosting Responsibilities: If hosting a party, offer non-alcoholic beverages and monitor guests’ alcohol intake.
  • Community Programs: Participate in community sober ride programs and encourage others to do the same.

Colorado’s Efforts in Combatting Drunk Driving

Colorado has implemented various initiatives to reduce drunk driving accidents. These include sobriety checkpoints, increased holiday patrols, and public awareness campaigns. However, individual responsibility remains paramount in preventing these accidents.

How We Can Help

The Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani specialize in criminal defense related to drunk driving accidents. Our team understands the complexities of Colorado’s DUI laws and is committed to providing comprehensive legal support. Whether you are facing charges or are a victim of a drunk driving accident, we are here to help.

A Call for Safe and Responsible Celebrations

As the holiday season approaches, it’s important to celebrate responsibly. Understanding the risks of drunk driving and taking proactive steps to prevent it can save lives and avoid legal complications. Should you need criminal defense legal assistance, remember that the Law Offices of Steven J. Pisani are here to provide expert advice and representation.

Remember, the holidays are a time for joy and celebration, not tragedy. Let’s work together to ensure a safe and happy holiday season for everyone on Colorado’s roads.


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