Is Halloween weekend the biggest party of the year? For some, the answer to that question is pretty obvious. Whether you wear a Captain America shield or some fun Harley Quinn makeup, it doesn't much matter as long as you're having a great time.
But what if you wake up the next morning after spending the night in a police station? It may put a damper on your memories of this year's festivities, but doesn't have to mean that you'll never get to go to another Halloween party.
DUI penalties in Tennessee
A frequently asked question is: "will I lose my license?" If you refuse a BAC (a.k.a., "breathalyzer"), the short answer to that question is yes. In Tennessee, refusal to take a chemical test means an automatic 1-year suspension of your license, even if it's your first offense. If it's your second offense? 2 years. Automatically.
If you crash your car while driving under the influence and someone gets hurt, the penalties are even steeper. The highest penalties are for those whose negligence causes the death of another human being.
Halloween is a kids' holiday
It's true, haunted houses keep getting more and more amazing each year. But when you're spending a weekend going from house to house, it may be hard to remember that there are little ones out there looking to make their own mischief.
If you put some trick-or-treaters in your car after you've had a drink, you could be committing a felony. Child endangerment is one of the worst DUI crimes, carrying jail time and stiff fines for most. Plus it's just really, really evil to put a kid in that kind of danger.
Even if it's not you
Most of us only think "I'm ok to drive." And that may very well be the case. But what if you get hit by someone else too drunk to know that they weren't ok to drive? Even if you've only had one drink, if you refuse to take that BAC test, you lose your license for a year.
It's hard to anticipate what's going to happen any time you go out and celebrate on a holiday weekend. And sometimes you're the safe one and it's the other idiots out there who cause the problems.
But if you find yourself in a bad situation after the parties are over, it's time to start making some better decisions. Call an attorney who will be straight with you and help you fix it.