Fargo, ND- With Thanksgiving just a week away, it’s important to bring up the subject of drunk driving. As far as holidays go, most North Dakotans thinks New Year’s Eve is the night to watch out for drunk drivers, but the fact is that more people drink and drive during over the Thanksgiving holiday than any other and when they do law enforcement will be out there to stop them.

Most motorists are aware of the legal headaches they face if they are charged with DUI. In North Dakota that includes a one year revocation of their driver’s license and costly fines. A second or third offense can lead to a potential jail sentence, lengthier revocation of the offender’s driver’s license and a requirement to install an ignition interlock device.

These consequences should be enough to discourage people from getting behind the wheel when they’ve had too many drinks. But that isn’t always the case, some people are less daunted by the legal consequences and more concerned about the dangers of driving under the influence.

In a recent survey conducted by Mothers against Drunk Drivers, respondents who rely on designated drivers say they do so not because of the legal ramifications, but because of the safety issue. This signals a shift in attitude towards drunken driving, according to Public News Service.

Thirty-nine percent of respondents over the age of 21 said they acted as a designated driver within the past year, while 50 percent said they relied on a designated driver.

That’s good news but the reality is that not enough motorists designate sober people to drive them. Alcohol is notorious for leading to bad decisions and drunken driving is the most common.

Tougher DUI laws went into effect for North Dakota on August 1st , so people facing a DUI charge will need expert legal advice to help them avoid conviction or minimize the consequences.

If you are facing DUI charges, you may not realize that on top of the fines other penalties, a DUI charge can have an impact on their future long after they’ve paid their dues. Your auto insurance rates will skyrocket when you get your license back. When you apply for certain professional licenses or jobs, you can be denied or looked over because of a DUI conviction.

With stricter laws on the book, DUI offenders need someone who understands North Dakota’s DUI laws and know how to build a solid defense. A North Dakota DUI attorney has the skills to build an effective defense or negotiate for a lesser charge or reduced penalty on behalf of their clients. A knowledgeable DUI attorney will give you an advantage and is your best hope for lessening the impact a DUI charge can have on your life.

If you have been charged with a DUI, you should reach out to one of our North Dakota DUI attorneys to a see how they can help.