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October 26th, 2014 :
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Who We Are, Why We Do What We Do and Some Basic Drunk Driving Prevention Tips

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Who We Are, Why We Do What We Do  and Some Basic Drunk Driving Prevention Tips

You may not know us by name, but you’ve probably seen us on billboards, phone books, TV advertisements, or heard about us from your friends and family. We, at Chad Jones Law, come from lots of different backgrounds and places. In fact, one of our attorneys, even lived in American Samoa while working for the Attorney General’s Office. Despite the differences of our members and our attorneys we have a couple of things in common: 1. we like football and 2. we know there is a difference between hardened criminals and the rest of us. We truly believe our clients are good people who like most of us need some help. They have jobs, friends and families, contribute to society, pay taxes; but, just may have made a poor decision.

Regarding our criminal defense services; let’s be honest: social drinking can add to the fun. Sometimes, we need to relax after a long hard day at work, or to celebrate or commiserate while watching our favorite sports team. However, despite the fun you can have with alcohol, the truth is that alcohol can severely compromise your coordination and ability to react. Impaired coordination and reaction times can make operating a motor vehicle dangerous for you both physically, and legally.

The good news is that this doesn’t mean the end to your fun or your ability to have a few drinks with your friends. There are lots of things you can do to protect yourself and your friends and ensure that one night of fun doesn’t have the possibility of ending with a wreck, you losing your job, damaging your relationships, or with you or your friends having a criminal record.

We’ve all seen it on TV commercials, on beer bottles, and elsewhere; but, it is true: the most responsible thing to do when drinking outside your home or between destinations is to appoint a designated driver. The common complaint regarding this plan is that this person might not have as much fun.  However, this is a small sacrifice to pay for getting home safe and without a criminal record. Also, this is a responsibility that can be rotated among you and your friends. For those times when everyone wants to participate in the drinking, each of the towns where our firm has an office, has great taxi cab companies that can get you home safe (and most bar tenders are more than willing and able to refer you to a good taxi cab company).

For those times you are having a drink alone or it is necessary that you drive yourself home, pace (spread-out) your drinks. An adult man or woman of average size and normal health can stay below the legal blood alcohol limit if they only have a pint of regular beer every 60 to 90 minutes. This link by the Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission has tables to provide guidance regarding the number of drinks you may have per hour based upon your weight.  However, it is important to know that the amount and pace by which you may drink and stay below the legal alcohol blood limit depends on whether you are a male or female, your body weight, your metabolism, what and when you have or have not eaten, any medication you have taken, your alcohol tolerance, the size of the drink, and what the alcohol is mixed with. It is also important to know that the exact legal blood alcohol concentration level can be different in each state. But, more importantly, please remember, that even if you don’t feel drunk at all, you may be legally impaired and/or the alcohol content of your blood may be rising (meaning you may be legal to drive upon leaving the bar, but not shortly thereafter). Thus, one should, stop drinking all alcoholic beverages at least 45 minutes to 1 hour prior to driving and have at least one pint of water prior to driving.

Regardless of whether you follow the guidelines in the link above, if you feel ANY impairment in your coordination or reaction speed, do not drive. Your friends and bar employees have absolutely no problem calling a cab for you (even complete strangers will probably call a cab for you). The point is to stay safe and legal. Drink responsibly and you will be able to enjoy many football games, parties, and social events, in the future.

Chad Jones Law provides criminal defense, personal injury, estate planning, and business planning services in the Bryan/College Station, Temple, Waco, Austin, and Houston areas. Chad Jones and Kevin Kornegay handle DUI and DWI and other criminal matters on a daily basis. If you have been arrested and charged with driving under the influence (drunk driving) or driving while intoxicated, you need help from recognized DWI and DUI defense lawyers in Texas.  Additionally, if you find yourself in need of other legal services from a good criminal defense attorney or trial lawyer, contact the Chad Jones Law to find out what we can do to help you at 800-645-6637 or email us to discuss your case.

Written by: Attorney Kevin Kornegay

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