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New Year’s Eve – aka, ‘Amateur Night’

Posted by Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney | Jan 04, 2016 | 0 Comments

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The final holiday celebration of the calendar year is fast approaching. But some people don't call it by its common name of New Year's Eve. Instead, December 31st is sometimes referred to as “Amateur Night.”

Why? Because it's a night on which countless Americans who don't typically drink to excess (or at all) elect to go out on the town and imbibe copious amounts of alcohol. And predictably, the nights of many of these individuals end with less-than-satisfactory outcomes.

This is especially true for those unfortunate souls who choose to drink heavily and drive on New Year's Eve. Given that law enforcement is looking specifically for impaired drivers all night (and morning) long, the odds of getting stopped and arrested for driving under the influence rise dramatically for drinking drivers.

One source outlines the “four stages of drinking.” The first is the ideal stage where drinkers are relaxed and fun-loving. But on “Amateur Night,” many drinkers don't choose to stop there.

The second stage involves inappropriate gestures and comments, while the third is characterized by a partial loss of motor skills (which is especially troublesome when getting behind the wheel). But the fourth and final stage of drinking means collapsing, passing out, and/or vomiting – for the lucky ones. The unlucky people will remain somewhat functional but remain “blackout drunk,” where every move and decision is fraught with peril and morning-after memories are few and far between.

There are two morals to this story. If you partake of alcohol this New Year's Eve, try to stay in the happy-go-lucky first stage of drinking all night long. And in order to avoid being victimized by “Amateur Night,” designate a driver, take alternate means of transportation, or stay off the roadways entirely.

But in a worst-case scenario where you are arrested for driving under the influence, be sure and contact an experienced DUI defense attorney to help you with your case. Because anyone trying to adjudicate a DUI charge by himself or herself is truly an “amateur.”

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Kevin Trombold DUI Defense Attorney

Highly rated by former clients, who praise his warm, knowledgeable courtside manner and his fierce determination to reduce or eliminate charges. An accomplished speaker, author, and leader in DUI defense statewide Kevin is well respected by judges, prosecutors, and other attorneys across the State of Washington for his expertise, integrity, and knowledge in the complicated forensic science area of impaired driving allegations.

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