A drunk driving charge can be a very serious offense in Texas, especially for repeat offenders. According to NOLO, a conviction for a third DWI in Texas is a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine. The best way to prevent the need for the services of DWI lawyers is to not drink and drive. Here are some tips that could help you to avoid a DWI charge.

Eat Well and Limit Alcohol Intake

The most obvious way to prevent a DWI charge is to not drink when you’re at an event where you know you’ll need to drive home. The next best way is to limit your alcohol intake and never drink on an empty stomach. If you are planning to attend a party or event where alcohol is served or just want to have a drink after work, it can help to eat well before you do so that you have food in your stomach that can help to absorb some of the alcohol.

Pay for a Ride Home

Another great way to prevent a drunk driving charge is to not drive at all if you plan to drink. Instead, you can call for a cab or use a ride-sharing service like Uber or Lyft. The cost of cab fare or a ride-sharing fee is much less than it would be to be arrested, pay a fine, and possibly go to jail. You also might lose your driving privileges for a while.

Have a Designated Driver

A designated driver is another great way to avoid drinking and driving. A friend, coworker, or family member could handle the driving duties while you enjoy some adult beverages. When it is time to go home, you can just ride in the passenger seat and return the favor another time by being that person’s designated driver.

Don’t Mix Prescription Drugs and Alcohol

Sometimes, DWI lawyers have to defend clients who accidentally mixed prescription medication with an alcoholic beverage. In some cases, the person may not even have had alcohol but may have accidentally taken prescription medications that do not react well when used together. The result might be impaired driving. If you mix prescription drugs with even one alcoholic drink, you might have a similar result.

If you are facing a DWI charge, you can call or email us to schedule an initial consultation with one of our experienced DWI lawyers to review your case and uphold your legal rights. Contact the Law Firm of Patrick Short today.