14 Tips to Avoid a DWI or DUI Conviction (Avoid Fines, Jail, & More!)

Avoid a DWI or DUI conviction. These 14 tips can save you thousands of dollars. The costs of even a first time DWI conviction are very high. That’s if there is no crash. Of course, the costs of additional convictions skyrocket.


I.   Costs of a DWI or DUI

II.  Tips to avoid a DWI or DUI

III. Resources

Learn how police detect impaired drivers. Many of these driving behaviors would be ignored during daylight. However, the risk of getting pulled over on suspicion of impaired driving goes up at night. It increases greatly between around midnight and 4:00 am. And it jumps very high on holidays, especially after dark.

Be sure to learn what lawyers say to do if stopped on suspicion of DWI. In addition, some drivers secretly audio record their interactions on their cell phones if police pull them over.

I. Costs of a DWI or DUI

avoid a DWIThe exact costs of a first DWI conviction vary widely. It depends on the state, the circumstances, the effectiveness of the defense lawyer, the judge, and many other factors.

The estimated cost in New York, for example, is $9,500. In Illinois it’s $14,660 while in North Carolina it’s $4,820. A survey by the Texas Department of Transportation found that the average cost ranges from $9,000 to $24,000. In California, it ranges from $6,140 to $19,450.

By the way, don’t try this defense!

However there are other expenses. Insurance rates jump after a DWI conviction. In the case of a teen driver, it can be $40,000 over 13 years. Conviction may mean loss of a job (or inability to get one), especially if it requires driving a vehicle.

And not all costs involve money. There can also be embarrasment, inconvenience, time spent in jail, time spent in “DWI school,” and so on.

II. Tips to avoid a DWI or DUI

If you choose to drink, be sure to keep your BAC (blood alcohol concentration) low. Here are some tips for doing so.

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    Standard Drinks

    Keep in mind that typical drinks of beer, wine, and spirit have the same amount of pure alcohol. They are all the same to a breathalyzer.

  2. Remember that breathalyzers are not highly reliable. So keep your BAC far below the maximum legal limit. (This has additional advantages. It may prevent a crash, injury, or even save your life.)
  3. Use a personal alcohol breath tester. Just remember that it’s even less accurate than those used by the police. That’s another reason to stay well below the legal limit.
  4. Remember that your BAC will continue to rise after you stop drinking. Take that into consideration.
  5. Your BAC will drop about .015 per hour after it peaks. A BAC of .05 takes about 3.33 hours to drop to .00. (.05 divided by .015 = 3.33.) A BAC of .08 takes about 5.33 hours to drop to .oo (.08 divided by .015 = 5.33). By the way, your body also produces alcohol 24/7.

  6. Nibble on food or munchies during the time you’re drinking.
  7. If you’re at a gathering, delay having your first alcoholic drink.
  8. Pace your alcoholic drinks. No more than one every hour helps keep your BAC low.
  9. Have non-alcoholic drinks between alcoholic ones.
  10. Sip and savor your drinks. Don’t gulp them.
  11. Don’t play drinking games.
  12. Be wary of punches. And of drinks in unusual size or shape containers. It’s hard to know how much alcohol they contain. Thus, it’s hard to pace them.
  13. Even if your BAC is legal, you can still be charged with DWI/DUI! So avoid being pulled over. Keep your car in good working order. A bad tail light is an invitation to be stopped. Also obey all traffic laws. Signal when changing lanes, make no rolling stops, etc. And if pulled over, be polite.
  14. One foolproof ways to avoid a DWI or DUI is not to drink. Another is to use a Designated Driver.

Following these tips should help you avoid a DWI or DUI. And also all the expenses and headaches that go with it.

avoid a DWIIf you are arrested for DWI or DUI, contact a lawyer who specializes in defending such cases.

This website opposes impaired driving. It also supports the U.S. Constitution and its protections for both the innocent and guilty.

III. Resources: Avoid a DWI and DUI

Decker, K. The DUI Bible. Avoiding a Drunk Driving Conviction. Xlibris, 2018.

Hudson, T. The Drinker’s Guide to Driving. The Secrets of DUI, From One of America’s Top DUI Lawyers. Cork: BookBaby, 2013.

Keech, C., and Fairchild, C. Dude, What are My Rights? Kansas City, MO: Keechild, 2004.

Lauterjung, L. DUI law for Drivers. How to Avoid DUI Arrests and How to Handle a DUI Stop. Lauterjung, 2012.

Nevels, T. Avoid DWI and Marijuana Charges. Cork: BookBaby, 2015.