Whether it’s office parties, gatherings with friends or visits to relatives, the holidays offer many opportunities for socializing. Often, having a couple of drinks is part of such get-togethers. This is perfectly appropriate as holidays are meant for celebrating. However, unless you are limiting your festivities to the confines of your own home, you will likely be getting on the road when going to and from parties.

During the holidays, it is all too easy to get pulled over by the police and issued charges for driving while intoxicated. This could be especially true for people who do not drink that much during the rest of the year but choose to do so during the holiday season. Such holiday drinkers typically have a lower tolerance for alcohol. They also may not be able to judge their level of impairment. It is not uncommon for such drinkers to be arrested for driving while intoxicated, even if they are tested with comparatively little alcohol in their systems.

There could be any number of reasons that those who tend to not drink much would change this pattern over the holidays. Perhaps it is the stresses of the holidays that lead some of them to use alcohol as a means of relaxation. Others may drink to alleviate social anxiety while others may just want to cut loose and join in the holiday fun.

However, none of that is of concern to law enforcement officials. If they believe they have cause to pull you over, and you test above the legal limit, you will likely be arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated.

If you should have the misfortune of receiving drunk driving-related charges over the holidays, you could likely use the help of an experienced DWI/DUI attorney. Given the circumstances of your case, the attorney could find a reason for having the charges dismissed.