San Francisco 49ers fans will have to wait until next season to see if their team will become the next Super Bowl champs. While some fans in the East Bay were supporting the Kansas City Chiefs, the final score in Miami ended the celebration of many football fans. For both fans celebrating and lamenting the outcome, many faced the challenge of getting home after having too much to drink.
Super Bowl watch parties at a friend's house or at a bar often involve drinking. Bars have drink specials and private hosts generally provide plenty of drink options to help partygoers get excited about the last game of the season. Even though many parts of the East Bay have good public transportation options, lots of people still do not make alternative plans for driving home after the game.
A driver may have only intended to have a couple of drinks and leave plenty of time to sober up. However, by the time they get behind the wheel, they may have had one too many and are over the legal limit. Police and law enforcement in the East Bay had an increased eye on looking for impaired drivers after the Super Bowl.
If you were arrested for a DUI after the Super Bowl, contact the local East Bay DUI defense attorney who understands the challenges of a DUI arrest in California and will fight to make sure you don't lose your driving privileges.
Super Bowl Sunday and DUIs
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), issued a reminder before the game, “On Super Bowl Sunday, Fans Don't Let Fans Drive Drunk.” The notice was a reminder about the potential consequences of drinking and driving, using sports metaphors. “If you're hosting the party, you're the head coach. Make the right call: take their keys before they drink and drive.”
In 2019, information from the California Highway Patrol shows 3 people died in alcohol-related crashes in California on Super Bowl Sunday and another 140 people were injured. Super Bowl Sunday last year was on February 3rd, when CHP made more than 180 DUI arrests.
After an Arrest for an East Bay DUI
If you were arrested for a DUI on Super Bowl Sunday, giving you pointers on avoiding a DUI arrest may not be of much use. If you were already arrested, there are still some steps you can take to protect your driving privileges and avoid a criminal record. Talk to your East Bay DUI lawyer as soon as possible after an arrest to give yourself the best chance to keep your license.
You should contact your DUI lawyer as soon as possible because you only have 10 days after a DUI arrest to request a DMV hearing. The DMV handles your license suspension and if the driver does not request an APS hearing in time, their license will be administratively suspended after 30 days from the arrest.
With over 30 years of experience, Lynn Gorelick understands how a DUI conviction can affect your future, your job, and how to fight to keep a conviction off your record. If you are facing a Super Bowl DUI, contact the local East Bay DUI defense attorney who understands that you do not have to plead guilty just because you were arrested.