There are many different reasons why people get caught drinking and driving. One thing that is universal in all of these cases is that it is possible to prevent these charges by avoiding getting behind the wheel if you’ve been drinking. If you decide to drive anyway even though you are tipsy, you could find yourself heading to jail.

We understand that you might not be always be able to control how alcohol affects you. Maybe you skipped lunch yet hit happy hour after work. With nothing in your stomach to help absorb the alcohol in your system, you are likely to see those blue flashing lights in your rear view mirror.

If this occurs, you should prepare yourself for what’s coming. Of course, you shouldn’t keep driving. Instead, pull over as soon as it is safe to do so.

When you are in the midst of the stop, make sure that you aren’t incriminating yourself. Remember you have a right to remain silent. You also must decide whether you are going to take the chemical test to determine if you are intoxicated. This is somewhat of a catch-22 situation because you can face drunk driving charges if you are drunk, but you can face other legal issues if you refuse a chemical test. This is because of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and its implied consent laws.

Once you know that you are facing criminal charges for drinking and driving, you need to get moving on your defense. Make sure that you don’t ignore key components in either your criminal case or any administrative matters. Carefully read any paperwork from your arrest since you might find important deadlines that must be met to preserve your right to drive or remain out of pre-trial detention. Don’t let deadlines pass by if you are considering an appeal or another similar action.