"Drinksgiving" and Driving

November 27, 2019

Thanksgiving is a time for families to gather and celebrate together, sharing stories and fond memories around the table. However, the celebration of Thanksgiving tends to start before the turkey is carved or the potatoes are mashed. “Drinksgiving,” as it has become known, is the day before Thanksgiving and is easily the busiest bar night of the year. As such, the incidents of drunk driving and arrests for drunk driving are elevated. 

The attorneys at O’Hara, Taylor, Sloan & Cassidy would like to remind everyone to stay safe and to not drink and drive. Make sure to designate a sober driver, utilize a ride share service or taxi, or call a sober friend to drive you home. But, if you make a poor decision, our licensed attorneys can help.

Having an attorney means having someone to navigate you through the legal process. It means having someone by your side at court appearances to provide you with sound legal advice. Our attorneys can advise you regarding the charges you are facing and the potential penalties for that charge.

Penalties for a DUI offense in Kentucky vary based on the number of prior offenses and whether there were any aggravating circumstances. For example, a first-time offense in Kentucky can carry a driver’s license revocation for 30 to 120 days. During that suspension, unless the proper paperwork is filed, you are unable to drive, which makes traveling to and from work difficult, potentially placing your employment at risk.

O’Hara, Taylor, Sloan & Cassidy urges you to make the right call. If you are over the limit, find a safe ride home. Do not drink and drive. If you do and are pulled over, remain calm. Remember that body cameras are recording your interactions with the police officers. Also remember that an officer can ask you questions without providing you the Miranda warning as long as they haven’t arrested you or detained you for an excessive amount of time. This means that any statements you give to the officer when you are initially pulled over are voluntary and can be used against you. Be respectful and give the officer your driver’s license but remember that you may be allowed to refuse a field sobriety test and other such testing. Complying with these tests provides the police with evidence that can be used against you.   Most importantly, make sure to retain an attorney if you are charged with a DUI. To contact an attorney at O’Hara, Taylor, Sloan & Cassidy, call (859) 331-2000.