There are plenty of myths that tell you what you should do when you're drunk but that could get you into trouble with the law. For example, you probably have heard that you should just sleep off intoxication in your vehicle if you're drunk, but should you?
The answer to that is a resounding, “no.” If you get caught sleeping in your vehicle, even if it isn't on, you could end up facing a DUI anyway. Of course, there are exceptions, such as if you're in bed in an RV rather than in the driver's seat of a passenger vehicle, but it's not worth the risk.
Other myths could get you into trouble, too.
Walking home from the bar? That could be public intoxication
In California, public intoxication is a misdemeanor charge. While walking home normally won't get you into trouble, walking home while obviously impaired could. You could end up in jail for this misdemeanor, so walking home should be dismissed as an option.
So, what should you do? You can't walk home. You can't sleep it off in your vehicle. What are your options?
Getting home safely when intoxicated: 3 options for you
Fortunately, though there are some actions that can get you in trouble, there are others that will help you get home safely.
- Get a ride with a friend
The first option? Go home with a friend or family member. Let a sober driver take the wheel.
- Call a taxi or rideshare service
Next, consider calling a cab or rideshare service. The driver will be sober and can drop you off at home.
- Stay where you are
Finally, stay where you are if you really can't get home otherwise. If you're at a hotel bar, get a room. If you're at a friend's home, stay there overnight.
These are a few things to think about before you drink. Plan for a way to get home now, so you don't have to worry about running into trouble with the law later. If you do get arrested, then you'll need to focus on a strong DUI defense.