When someone is pulled over and found to be over the legal limit, their life may unravel in various ways. These charges can bring an incredible amount of stress and the consequences can be severe, from time behind bars to fines and the loss of driving privileges. There are all sorts of reasons why people find themselves in this position, whether they are struggling with an addiction to alcohol or they made a poor decision during a very difficult time in life (such as losing a job). Moreover, someone may drive drunk after attending a family get-together, accidentally in some instances.

During the summertime, many families meet up and celebrate. From the Fourth of July to Labor Day and all sorts of other reasons for celebration (weddings, anniversaries, birthdays, etc.), the summer is often a great time of year to visit with friends and loved ones. However, these celebrations often involve alcohol and some people may get behind the wheel after drinking at a party. Some may not even be aware that their blood alcohol content level exceeded the legal limit, whether they forgot about a drink they had or they did not know how much alcohol was in a mixed beverage.

Not only can DWI charges ruin an otherwise happy day, but they can create serious problems down the road. If you have been accused of driving while intoxicated following a family party, or any other reason, it is important to have a clear understanding of what your options are.