April is Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month, and this year it kicks off with Alcohol-Free Weekend from April 5-7, 2013. Alcohol-Free Weekend is a nationwide event sponsored by the National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD), and its purpose is to encourage participants to spend three days seeking out clean and sober fun – no drinks.

Avoiding alcohol is the best way to avoid a charge of driving under the influence (DUI) in Colorado, which comes with penalties even if you’re not convicted. At the time an arrest is made, the Bureau of Motor Vehicles may suspend your driver’s license, making it difficult to get to work, run errands, pick up your children, or attend court dates. While you have the right to a hearing to get your license reinstated, the mere fact of the suspension can make life difficult.

People convicted of DUI in Colorado face heavier penalties. These include possible jail time, fines, required alcohol and/or substance abuse counseling, court costs and fees, and other penalties. They also include a continued suspension or revocation of your license.

If you’re concerned about your own or a friend’s alcohol use or you have ever gotten behind the wheel after drinking, April is a great time to take stock of your situation. The NCADD and several other Colorado groups offer resources for evaluation, treatment, and more. And if you’re facing a DUI charge, please don’t hesitate to contact the experienced Colorado Springs DUI defense attorneys at The Bussey Law Firm, P.C. We’ll fight to protect your legal rights and win the best possible outcome in your case. Call us today at (719) 475-2555 for a free and confidential case evaluation.

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