Celebrate Wisely to Prevent Losing Your Freedom
The 4th of July is a time to celebrate the birth of our independent nation, yet it comes with deadly consequences that could make you lose your independence. Deemed one of the “deadliest [holidays] of the year for drunk-driving crashes” by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it’s important to ensure you get home safely without risking a DUI, especially one that involves fatalities. The NHSTA recorded 812 DUI-related deaths on the 4th of July between 2014 and 2018.
Don’t become a statistic. Exercise caution.
While Americans celebrate Independence Day with fireworks and barbeques, booze is a staple piece of the party for many people. Thus, if you plan on drinking, make sure you have a safe ride home. Ask a friend or family member to be your designated driver or use a ridesharing service like Uber or Lyft. You can even consider spending the night if possible to avoid getting on the road altogether.
The problem is that people may believe they’re “sober enough” to drive, justifying their statements by describing how much food they ate or that they only had a few drinks. Even if you eat a full meal, drink a lot of water, and wait a couple of hours before driving, you could risk getting a DUI.
DUI & Death Laws in West Virginia
In West Virginia, an impaired person who drives and kills another person due to their impairment within one year of the offense is guilty of a felony punishable by 3 to 15 years in prison and up to a $3,000 fine. The law shows no mercy on those accused of vehicular homicide, and prosecutors will do everything in their power to give you the maximum sentence.
The bad news is, you could lose your freedom and livelihood if you’re convicted of vehicular homicide. The good news is, you don’t have to. You have the power to prevent experiencing a bad situation by not drinking and driving this 4th of July weekend.
Arrested? Turn to Harley.
Being West Virginia’s only law firm exclusively focused on DUI defense, The Wagner Law Firm knows that good people can end up in messy situations. To best prevent a serious DUI charge, you should plan a safe and fun July 4th celebration that prioritizes a safe way to get home.
However, if you are facing a DUI accusation, don’t give up. You should contact (304) 461-6000 right away to discuss your options. Attorney Harley Wagner has 22+ years of experience helping clients put their DUI charges behind them and can fight for the same outcome on your behalf. Call today!