The Do's and Don'ts for St Patty's Day in Nashua NH
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day!
As you know this is the time of year when many of us look through our emptied frothy pint glasses and search for Leprechauns and fair Irish maidens.
Here at Shepherd & Osborne, Mark and Justin want to remind you to enjoy the holiday responsibly. We also want to remind you that in every crowd of green, you will likely see a few shades of blue. That’s right, Saint Patrick’s Day is like Christmas for police officers who are working DWI patrols and details. You wont be feeling very "lucky if arrested for DUI in New Hampshire.
So, please keep these tips in mind as you venture out on this festive day.
If You Are Planning on Drinking
- Drink responsibly
- Make sure you eat before your drink
- Have a designated driver (you might even consider being a designated driver and hold off on drinking until you get home)
- Stay home
- Know your limit BEFORE you start drinking – this is not the day to be doing a test run
- Have the numbers of a few taxi companies in your wallet or purse (the cost of a taxi ride is much cheaper than the attorney’s fees you will be paying if you get arrested for dwi, in addition to the court fines, higher insurance premiums, towing fees, bail, etc.)
In fact when you add it all up, it’s cheaper to hire a helicopter to fly you home than it is to deal with DWI charges!
Be smart and keep your pot ‘o gold from being drained by bad decisions.
If You Are Driving After Drinking
Again, we recommend that you not drive if you feel that you have had too much to drink. We also recommend that you not drive if you are UNSURE of whether you have had too much to drink.
Before you even start the car, make sure your vehicle is properly equipped and in working order:
- Check the headlights and taillights – Make sure they are working!
- Make sure your turn signals are working (and make sure you use them at every turn on this day!)
- Make sure your license plate light is working - yes, police can stop you if it is not illuminated
- Make sure your car is properly inspected and has all of its stickers
Have your license and registration out and ready just in case you get pulled over. Don’t be in a situation where you are looking for them as an officer watches you from outside your door. The longer it takes you to find these things, the more eager some officers are to say that you are impaired
Take the back roads home (assume that any and all major roadways has a roadblock/ sobriety checkpoint waiting for you)
If You Get Pulled Over
- If you see the blue lights go on, pull over right away
- When the officer walks up to your door, be polite
- Do not admit to having had more than one drink
- Do NOT take any field sobriety tests
One more time, do NOT take any field sobriety tests! These tests are not intended to help you out – they are only intended to gather evidence against you!
Do not agree to take a portable breath test on the side of the road - these devices are rubbish and not reliable
Do not take a breath test back at the police station – you can be charged for DWI even if you blow under the legal limit of .08 (or .02 for persons under 21)
If you get arrested, be polite and decline to answer any questions about your night.
Answer only booking questions – name, address birthday, etc. – Note: booking questions should have NOTHING to do with how much you have had to drink - If anyone asks that question of you – decline to answer and ask to call your attorney.
Assume that you are being recorded from the time of your arrest until the time of your release from the station – therefore, act accordingly!
Mark and Justin will be standing by! Please call us if you have any questions or immediate needs.
Happy Saint Patrick’s Day
The Law Office of Shepherd & Osborne
351 Main Street
Nashua, NH 03060