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Increased patrols this season means increased risk of DUI arrest

December is upon us, which means one thing for a majority of Virginians: Christmas and New Year's festivities are just around the corner. Though some people in our state will choose to make this Christmas and New Year's a sober one, some here in Leesburg and across the state may drink alcohol. And while there is nothing wrong with consuming a few alcoholic libations, it's important to remember that Virginia police won't feel the same way if you choose to drink and drive afterward.

As many of our readers may have noticed over the Thanksgiving weekend, our state police are taking a more aggressive stance on drunk drivers by increasing the number of sobriety patrols on our state highways and enforcing harsh punishments for those found to be in violation of the law. As you can imagine, Christmas and New Year's will be no different so expect a higher risk of arrest if you make the mistake of driving while impaired.

If you're reading this post and are concerned about the consequences of a DUI arrest, you should keep in mind that you always have the right to legal counsel. You may not realize it now, but asking for an attorney can give you a little more control over the situation as well as affording your rights more protection. Without the help of a lawyer, you might say or do something that could be used against you, making for stricter punishments and a far smaller chance of getting the charges against you lowered or dropped.

Though the best decision will always be to not drink and drive, our readers should always remember the mistake of drinking and driving doesn't have to be one that haunts you for the rest of your life. You do have options. Obtaining a lawyer will make these options more accessible and likely in the end.

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