Avoiding a Drunk Driving Charge during the Holidays

Things You Can Do to Minimize the Risk of a DUI/DWI

Avoiding a Drunk Driving Charge during the HolidaysThe holiday season is a time of good cheer, but a little too much cheer can lead to a DUI/DWI charge. Here are some easy ways to keep a drunk driving charge off your Christmas list:

  • Always travel with a designated driver—agree before you go to a party or a pub who will be drinking and who won’t. Be willing to be the DD on occasion.
  • Keep your vehicle in good working order—Law enforcement officers must have probable cause to pull you over. Don’t let a faulty taillight or turn signal lead to a drunk driving charge.
  • Underdrink—Breathalyzers are notoriously unreliable and may falsely show that you are above the legal limit. In addition, your body produces alcohol. You can have just as much fun if you nurse that one drink.
  • Wait a half an hour before you have your first drink
  • Always eat something when you drink
  • Don’t drink when you are going to drive

Proven Maryland DUI/DWI Defense Attorney

For more than 30 years, attorney Jonathan Scott Smith has successfully fought for the rights of criminal defendants in Baltimore and across the state of Maryland, including many clients who have been charged with drinking and driving. SuperLawyers ranks him among the top 100 lawyers in Maryland and The American Lawyer Magazine has named him a Top-Rated Lawyer. The National Trial Lawyers Association, a “by invitation only” organization, has also listed him in the top 100 attorneys in Maryland.

His colleagues in the legal profession have given Jonathan an AV-rating (the highest possible) under Martindale-Hubbell’s Peer Review Rating System every year since 1988. He has also received Martindale-Hubbell’s Client Distinction Award, earned by less than 4% of all attorneys listed there. He has a 10.0 (Superb rating) as a trial lawyer from AVVO and has earned the Client’s Choice Award from AVVO, with an average client review of 5 stars.

A highly respected trial attorney, Jonathan has long been known and respected for his knowledge of criminal law and procedure, as well as his skill and extensive experience when handling criminal matters. He knows how to effectively gather and preserve evidence, and can quickly determine whether law enforcement officers have violated your constitutional rights in a search, seizure or arrest.

Proven Criminal Defense Lawyer in the Greater Baltimore Area

At the law offices of Jonathan Scott Smith, we fight for the rights of criminal defendants throughout Baltimore County and the surrounding communities. Contact us online or call 410-740-0101 to arrange a meeting. We handle cases throughout Anne Arundel County, Carroll County, Frederick County, Howard County, Baltimore County, Prince George’s County and Montgomery County in Maryland.


  • Jonathan Scott Smith 10490 Little Patuxent Parkway, Suite 200 ,Columbia, MD 21044-4960

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